Saturday, July 26, 2014

#BookReview: Metamorphing by Kunal Pancholi

On the jacket:

28TH APRIL, 2000: Flight No. 9x4876 bound to Srinagar has crash landed into the Everest Base camp. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the flight mysteriously went off the radar for few minutes and missed its landing. All passengers are feared dead… except for three bodies that are yet to be recovered.  
8TH DECEMBER, 2050: This, without doubt is the most gruesome murder in recent times. Early this morning, an unidentified woman was found mutilated at the western gates of the abandoned Victoria Terminus Station in Mumbai. Authorities report her head was … well … semi-decapitated and she was drained of all her blood. The shocking part - the crime scene was devoid of any signs of blood spatter…  
ROHAN: He was shorter than the shortest girl in school; he had to be ahead in the game!  
RUDRA: A man without a past, coaxed into a murder investigation; will he ever grasp the true nature of the crime?  A thrilling tale about two men bound by an untraceable yet undeniable fate - One running away from his past, another unaware of his own.


With a very attractive cover, the book gives a preview of the story being dark and mysterious. As the blurb suggests, Metamorphing is in two parallel times, the years 2000 and 2050. We also have two primary characters: Rohan narrating the story as it was, from the year 2000 and Rudra, from the the year 2500. 

A survivor of a fatal plan crash, Rohan has no memory of the previous five years of his life. Rudra too has no recollection of his past, but he is quite mysterious a person. Somewhere, both these lives are interconnected.

The switch between both the narrations is smooth and the characters are well defined. I was not very comfortable with the vampire bit, but the rest of the story made up for it. A decent read.

Rating: ***.5/5

[This review is for Leadstart Publishing. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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