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Book Review: The Unknown Victim by Sobhalisha Panda

Hi, I hope you are doing well. Before starting with the book review, I would like to thank Write India Team for sending this book called “The Unknown Victim by Sobhalisha Panda.” I really loved the story and loved reading it. So let’s begin with a few details about the book:

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Author: Sobhalisha Panda

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Write India Publishers; First edition (2 May 2018)

Print Length: 208 pages

Language: English

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BOOK BLURB: The Unknown Victim

This is the story of Shlok, an innocent village boy of Dhruvpur, born into the family of landlord and his life journey. Immediately after his birth, Shlok is cursed by a strange woman; that leaves the entire village in a state of shock.

Shlok starts encountering strange incidents in his life where people around him keep brainwashing him. One day his elder sister, Shanti, commits suicide that leaves him in depression, Worried about his depression he is sent off to Delhi by his parents for his education where he meets a girl, Pragati, who ends up becoming his girlfriend.

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Shlok’s behavior starts getting worse day by day and his life turns into a complete mess.

Is the curse responsible for his changing personality? Will something happen in between Pragati and Shlok? Will Shlok be able to change his fate and escape the curse?

This story tries to convey that victims are not only the ones who suffer due to people but also the people who make them suffer. Those people are the victims of the society because they lose their self-esteem, humanity and themselves in this process.

BOOK REVIEW: The Unknown Victim

It took me around 3 to 4 hours to complete the entire book in one shift. I was gripped by the story and couldn’t help turning pages of the book. I loved the book cover which has these 3 people in it and the environment relates to the story completely. It’s beautifully written (except a few editing errors) and I found the pace of the book to the point.

Shlok (the protagonist of the story) was born in a village called Dhruvpur, into the family of a landlord and is cursed by a strange woman just after his birth. He came from a place where women were not treated as equally as men (one of the reasons why his sister commits suicide) and this exactly was taught to him as well. Along with that, the story plot is also focused on people like Shlok’s family who behave harshly with the ones that are lower class.

After his sister commits suicide,  he is sent to Delhi to complete his studies and he falls in love with a girl called Pragati who is a confident Delhi girl, and the one who lived her life on her own terms. They fall in love and everything goes smoothly for a while and things start to change with his behavior.

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He is influenced by people around him and starts drinking, smoking and he creates a complete mess out of his life (also, because of his possessive nature towards Pragati).

Strange things started happening to him not because of the curse because he was good at heart since his birth, but because he was driven by people all the time whether it was his family or his college mates as the story progresses. Since everyone believed that this behavior of him was because of the curse. They have to enquire about what it’s all about.

What happens after this is a complete story turner. (I won’t spoil that for you. So, please read the book for that). I loved how beautifully each and every point is written like the mentality about how women should be treated; how higher class people should behave with lower class and how love could be your destroyer & savior at the same.

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RATING:

4.5/5

DO I RECOMMEND?

Yes! I highly recommend this book to all of you 🙂 . Please buy a copy and share it with other people too.

ABOUT AUTHOR:

Sobhalisha Panda is a 23-year-old, Electronics and Communication Engineer, born and raised in Padampur, a small town in the heart of western Odisha. She is crazy about reading books and watching movies. She was an NSS volunteer in NIST Berhampur and her love for humanity comes from there.

The Unknown Victim is her debut novel and it is a reflection of her thinking.

So, I hope the book reviews or the book recommendations on the blog are helpful for you guys. Also, I shall be sharing more. So, stay tuned for that!

Have you read “The Unknown Victim by Sobhalisha Panda” ? If yes, then Please let me know in the comments if you liked it or not.

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Until then!

Shivali Singla

August 4, 2018

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