For Palash, the sorrow compounds from the incessant replaying of the critical minutes when his ‘Daddy-eye’ faltered, distracted by his own weakness, substance abuse. The loss and the ensuing search sends him spiraling into a divorce and the loss of a steady corporate job. Scouring for his little girl in the brothels of Pattaya he is ensnared in the web of mafia that runs the sex trade of Thailand. When he eventually finds her, will he be able to build back a wasted lifetime, or, is it too late for rescue, for him and his child?
First look at the title and the story and the grieving face is an eye catcher. It definitely looks grim and the title adds to the effects. The blurb talks about a man and his mission to save his daughter from the clutches of the evil. There is a hint as to what is there in the book but the rest it's all bleak and unclear which is a good sign.
The story starts off in Pattaya where Palash loses her daughter on the streets. He is junkie and a drug addict and insane. His wife blames him, his work suffers and he loses all hope. But he is not ready to accept the inevitable yet. Somewhere a hope flickers in his heart and he sets off again to the land where he might end up meeting her daughter or she might have lost her identity already. With no help by his side he is all alone and it's up to him to turn the tide in his favor. So will he be able to do it? Will he be able to go back and correct it all? Will life ever be the same again? That's what the story is all about.
The story is a slow turner and rakes up a lot of time to catch a whiff of air and gain momentum. It certainly keeps the suspense and drama at it's bay and manages to throw readers attention on multiple subjects. The story is presented in a descriptive manner which itself drives and builds up curiosity and take it to the hilt. There are moments of anxiety and moments to cherish because it's like searching for a needle in a haystack. The characters have been executed well and the word jugglery produces magic. There are dark shades to it and it only adds to the feel of the entire outlook.
The book gets diverted in the second half and loses it's shine and fails to sustain the momentum. It gives away too soon and pales towards the end. The plot moving away from the straight line and wavering in circles and giving angles which don't deem fit in the entire scenario. There's a desire to see it through to the very end but it all gets jumbled up in the personal quest. The suddenness of few events in the story is out of the place and could have been given a long narrative handle.
All in all the book has a blend of both good and bad and with the good trying to force the issue it still manages to outscore the bad 51-49. There are times when it looks for a befitting finish but the capitalization on a great start becomes an issue and from there on it gets dragged along on a rough and unsteady path. But the glorious parts of the book are there to be cherished and savored and its all in there to be felt emotions,drama,suspense and a broken soul. A good and grave mix of cheer and sorrows.
3 OUT OF 5
P.S: THE BOOK IS PART OF THE REVIEWERS PROGRAM ON "THE TALES PENSIEVE".