Book Name- Honour for a Ransom
Author- Rajnish Gambhir
Publisher- Leadstart Publications
April 13th, 1978...
Kartar Singh, an upper caste agriculturist, guns down his newly married daughter Simran and her lower caste husband, for the sake of 'Upholding Family Honour'. His ex-love, Sarah Jefferson (a British Psychologist) visits him in jail to discover that Kartar has been a victim of ruthless manipulation at the hands of his politician father, Dilawar Singh, who is known to unconditionally despise the lower caste.
Vowing justice for Kartar, Sarah embarks on an intriguing mission, venturing to turn the tables against the unsculpturous Dilawar, who by now is a powerful minister in Punjab cabinet.
Curiously delving into his boyhood days, she is astonished to learn that young Dilawar was in fact an 'affable-boy-next-door' who too had a love life, having lost his heart to a beautiful girl in Lahore...
What then caused this drastic transformation in his attitude and personality?
With the time fast running out, can Sarah succeed in nailing Dilawar as the chief culprit for the honour killings? Will she be able to reunite with Kartar- the only man she ever loved?
A heartrending love story- Honour for a Ransom unfolds through the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, horrifying hazards of partition, romantic strolls by the Thames, and unbending complexities of the rigid caste system.
Book Title and Cover- Book title is interesting, builds curiosity. Book Cover could have been better but it is suitable for the storyline. Both, Book Title and Cover catches the attention of the reader.
Language- Language of the book is impressive, with proper use of literature. Language makes the story reading an interesting experience.
Narration- Narration of the book is what made me turn pages. I read the book in one go. However the narration is too descriptive and thick, it could have been cut short by editing.
Storyline and Plot- Storyline and plot of the book is interesting. Blurb itself attracts the readers. Characters were properly justified with proper attention to every character as per demand of the story and hence it is a smooth read with a proper pace of the book.
There are some editing problems which should be fixed. Also the descriptive narration makes the book solid 350+ pages book. These minor problems should be considered in the 2nd edition of the book.
Book Title and Cover- 3.5/5
Language Justification- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 4/5
Final Rating- 4/5
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