Book Reviews

Book Review: Dancing With Demons by Nidhie Sharma

Dancing with Demons is a title that can inspire several interpretations, depending on which direction your imagination takes. Then there is the cover. The cover is a pretty clear representation of the story-a love story that involves a boxing ring. Together, the cover and the title create the perfect intrigue to rope in the reader. That there is my reason for pickingup Dancing with Demons.

It had been a while since I’d read a book of the kind where you just go on reading, without having the inclination to stop, and before you know it, you are done! Dancing with Demons is one such book. Since I started doing reading challenges and reviewing books, I set a timeline for each book I read, a fixed number of minimum pages that I have to read everyday. For if I don’t set this target, I am so lost in a book that everything else comes to a standstill.

Luckily, though, I was reading this book on a trip to Bangalore, where I had a minimum number of obligations to deal with. For if it wasn’t that way, I’d be facing another standstill situation.

DWD has, not only an interesting storyline, but also equally interesting characters. Each character has their attributes that are described well enough to lend the elements of romance and mystery, in the right proportions, to the story. The story keeps you on edge, the characters ensure that your interest does not wither away.

The story is about Karan, a successful boxer who loses it all because of one moment of weakness, and Sonia, who is running away from past that is darker than the dark alleys that she makes her way through when she first comes to Mumbai.

The theme of the story is something that every one of us deals everyday. That and the way Nidhie has built a story around it is a job well done.

The interesting part about the story is the focus it places on Karan and Sonia as people. There is romance, yes, but the passion doesn’t take away from the individual strength of Karan and Sonia’s characters.

The story scores well even in terms of the vocabulary used, the grammar, and the pace of the story. It could’ve been better if the small number of typos was taken care of. Nonetheless, the story holds your attention and leaves you a happy reader.

We’ve all got our demons to deal with. Some of us deal with them head on, every single day, some of us keep worrying about them, while some of us refuse to even acknowledge them. What works for one may or may not work for another. But each one of us needs to figure out some way, our way, to deal with these demons and find the light at the other end of the tunnel. This is what Dancing with Demons is all about.

My rating:

I’m going to give this book a 4/5.

Disclaimer: I received this book from The Book Club and the author Nidhie Sharma in exchange of an honest review. The views expressed herein are solely my own; there has been no monetary transaction involved.

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