Book Review of ‘The Other Side….Dare To Visit Alone?’

The book is a collection of thirteen stories written in a simple yet gripping fashion. A brave attempt it is.  And I would say, Faraaz Kazi and Vivek Banerjee have done justice to the world of the unknown.

The Other Side

Though I myself am a non-believer, yet I found it to be a fun read. The author has efficiently managed to build up suspense, keep the reader hanging and then has nicely dropped the twists at the end of each story. The cover page and the title of the story tells the reader to expect a scary read, yet I had a hard time predicting the ending.

I, especially liked ‘The Lady in a Pub’, ‘Unfulfilled Desires’ and ‘The Long weekend’. Some of the best short stories I have read recently.

Now, about the writing I would say that for most of the part, I liked it. The descriptions were vivid, and a good flow augmented it, making it thrilling.

“Everyone who loves bikes is a friend of mine.”

“But he also said that he believed in ghosts!” Shikha replied and they both bursts into peals of laughter. Their laughter pierced the still of the night.

The young man who liked to walk in the rain looked up. He took a step towards the laughter, stopped and then walked away into the darkness towards the cemetery.”

Book Launch

But, in a few stories, I felt the writing to be a bit blunt. And some stories were clichéd too, in spite of the twist the authors have incorporated to make them different. Like ‘The Fateful Night’ and ‘The Mystery Lake’. But I guess, this can be overlooked considering the shine of brilliance that we get to witness in the rest of the stories.

The stories are:

  1. That Fateful Night
  2. The Long Weekend.
  3. The Man Who Did Not Fear.
  4. Strangers In The Night.
  5. The Muse Comes Calling.
  6. The Lady In The Pub. [Best]
  7. A Mother’s Love.
  8. Red Bangles.
  9. The Mark Of The Beast.
  10. The Mystery Lake
  11. Possession.
  12. Unfulfilled Desires.
  13. Dream Girl.

All in all, a good read it is. Thirteen stories that would make you wish that you read more in this genre 🙂

Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers.

Author: Faraaz Kazi, Vivek Banerjee.

ISBN: 9789350880760.

Pages: 320

Rating: 4/5

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