Book name: Khel the Writing
Author: Vishal Goswami
Are you a fan of horror stories? Do you enjoy scary tales that make your hair stand up on end? If you do then, Vishal Goswami’s latest bone chilling thriller is the perfect book for you. Get ready to read one of the most bloodcurdling sagas you would ever have come across in your life. You are not going to be able to put down this scary, full of suspense page turner.
If you’re one of those people afraid of the dark or such generally the timid, faint hearted kinds then this book is not for you. Even though I read this book in broad daylight I had shivers running down my spine and felt extremely cold even though the sun was shining brightly. If you are very brave then read it in the dark, for this book will make even the most strong-hearted person look over their shoulder and wonder if it is their turn next...
An eerie, abandoned Haveli located on a hill station near Mumbai, with a past so dark and secrets so devious that it will leave you shuddering for days, is the setting for this novel. Not one of the locals, near the town where the Haveli is located dare to venture into its spooky premises for per the local legend it is haunted by the cruelest of spirits.
A group of youngsters, wanting to emulate “The ghostbusters” choose to spend a night at the Haveli looking for evidence of the “Chudail”. They do not live to tell anyone the terrifying reality of what happened with them that fateful night.
The book gets its name from the game the spirit likes to play to manifest its evilness- a card game where ill-omened writings appear on an old pack of cards. Whatever is written on the cards comes true for whoever reads the cards hence the name “Khel- The writings: Jo Likha Hai Wahi Hoga”.
Sanya Sharma, an investigative journalist takes up the assignment of reporting the mysterious deaths at the Haveli as it is her last chance of redeeming her career. Then begins the tale of evil that slowly and steadily begins to consume everything around her and her entire life is thrown out of control. What started as a simple case of gathering facts to report in her article turns into a sordid and horrifying experience as she is haunted by the very evil that destroyed the Nawab family; the erstwhile owners of the Haveli.
Unearthing the deep dark past of the Haveli and the terrifying secrets it hides becomes the centre of Sanya’s life and she too is pulled into the clutches of evil. Will she be able to escape unscathed from the all-powerful malevolent spirit or will it devour her too?
You’ll have to be brave enough to read this spine chilling thriller to find out for yourself like I did! What I really liked about this book is its super-fast pace. tHe author has really done a great job keeping the reader totally hooked. I simply could not put it down even for a minute. After each chapter the suspense had built so much that there was no question of my putting down the book for a breather between chapters. I read as fast as I could eager to know what would happen next.
The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the fact that the editors had missed their work in one Chapter. In Chapter 19, page 108 the main characters name suddenly changes to Sarah and this is repeated thrice in the next three pages. Also the name of one other character on page 111 changes to Pam. Otherwise the author’s story telling skills are superb and kept me riveted.
Since I’m a happy go lucky, Pollyanna type of a person I wished the ending would have been different. If horror is the genre that you love reading then you must not miss reading this book!!!
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