It is very rare that I’ve read a story at one go. My role as a mother hardly permits me the time or energy to read a story in one sitting. ‘Somewhere in a Song’ is an exception. I was compelled to read through the entire story almost without batting an eyelid. No, it isn’t a crime thriller, it is a thriller bordering the paranormal and yet you just cannot let it go. The premises of the story is simple – a young woman named Emma Justin gets drawn to a song -taking it to the level of an obsession. Is it just an obsession or is there anything else behind this strange behavior? Is she the singer of the song or not? The story itself is like the song – ‘There’s nothing left to do’ – first drawing you towards it and then make it a compulsion for you to time travel with Emma! The charm of the story lies in the fact that like the protagonist you too set down to track the mystery behind the song. To make the matter complete, there is a tiny romantic co-plot too. As we read through, the author, Kavya’s, knowledge of music and modern age music applications become very evident. It adds to give a modern feel to the story. The characters are well etched out and everyone has a role to play in Emma’s life. But what is bold is the attempt of an Indian author to set the story in London – taking up the challenge of correct placing of geographical details , response and usage of language of the characters. Except the fact that the interviewer ‘was decked up in the finest ornaments’ seemed a bit out-of-place – considering the interviewer to be English, the other details, way of speaking etc were spot on!
The story ended perfectly – much to my relief and left in me a sense of satisfaction.
This weekend, settle for a hot cup of coffee and “Somehwhere in a Song”. Weekend Sorted.
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