Title: The Diary on the Fifth Floor
Author: Raisha Lalwani
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Publishing Date: 21st October 2018
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Savannah Khanna, the protagonist of the story has a habit of putting down her thoughts and observations in a diary about her life in general and the people around her. She is disturbed and distressed that people are insensitive these days and hurt so easily. So, she decided to visit a psychiatrist, Dr. Rama Berry for a positive counsel. She hands over her diary to the doctor in a hope that it would help in her treatment. And then the revelation of Savannah’s experiences and conceptions written in the diary as chapters of the book.
The book has been written in a clear and explicit language adding up to the smooth flow of the story. The writing is honest and expressive. And I could feel the emotions with which the stories were written. Moreover, the author has managed to grab the attention with her stories which were raw and honest.
After a few pages into the book, I reread the blurb and realized that how deceptive it is. It’ll make you pick up the book in the first place that is, of course, the plus point but the plot completely differs. I really wish to know, where were the dark mysterious stories in the book as stated by the blurb?
Well, the title and the blurb will kind of trick you for taking it as a conceptual thriller as the plot turns out to be a number of short stories written in a diary. It may disappoint you if you’re looking for a thriller.
However, the book is an effortless read which could be finished in a maximum of two sittings. The Diary on the fifth floor could be read for its lucidity and profound narration.
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