Book Reviews

Book Review: Delirium by Sowmya Aji

The Blurb

I was addicted.
To him.

Anjana Narendra just can’t keep her head straight when it comes to the nation’s heartthrob,cricket vice-captain Avinash Katagi.The mere sight of him sets the heart of this thirty-one-year-old television journalist pounding, and fills her stomach with butterflies. He seems smitten too – taking her out for romantic walks in the botanical gardens, appearing by her side when she has a road accident,knocking on her door in the middle of the night. Even as Anjana is swept off her feet into a whirlwind romance,the reporter within her sniffs out the biggest scoop of the season. all too soon, she is neck-deep in trouble with her bosses and the cricket board, struggling to make sense of the sordid world of steroids and celebs. Will anjana give up the delicious young man she is hooked on to? and does she even want to? Sinful and alluring, Delirium is a heady cocktail of intrigue, temptation and betrayal.

My Review
Like the blurb implies, Delirium is the story of how Anjana Narendra, a journalist by profession, fights the battle between head and heart and lets the best one win. Of how, in the delirium of holding on and letting go, she manages to hold on and let go. For every decision we make, there is a practical reason, an emotional reason, or an emotionally practical reason. The story is about how Anjana, while wavering between a multitude of decisions and such reasons, manages to find stability.

This book definitely qualifies as a page-turner. The author keeps moving through the story at a pace that keeps you engrossed in what is happening now and hungry for what is to come next. When I read the blurb, I was pretty much convinced that this was going to a chick-lit + M&B. Love, then heart break, and then a happily-ever-after! What a twist this book was to my conviction!!!

A well-thought out storyline that does not unnecessarily stretch, without being too jumpy is the upside of this book. The downside is slightly arupt transition and a slight leap of faith in certain places. The reading experience however pretty much makes up for it.

I’m going to be honest and say that I picked up this book simply because I had nothing else to read. However, I’m super-glad I did. Breezy and light, the story is realistic without being hard-hitting. Definitely worth a read.

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