Firstly, I’d like to mention that I received this copy from Liberty Books in exchange for an honest review and so here it is:
The story revolves around this young woman called Noor who grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, cared for by several maids while her status conscious mother attended social events and galas. Her father wasn’t around much either since he was usually busy working but was considerably more fond of his daughter than his wife.
After a tragic incident that involved robbery and looting, Noor’s parents wanted their daughter to be safe from harm’s way – and they think it would be best to wed her off to a man in his early thirties in Singapore.
Trapped in a loveless marriage along with the responsibility of caring for a sick and demanding mother in law, Noor feels like an outsider even in her new home.
Now onto my thoughts concerning the book, I really had high expectations for it and was excited to get into it as soon as possible because I believe that local artists and writers should always be supported. And while I’m glad I received the book, I was still disappointed by it.
From the very first page, it becomes clear that the writer uses a lot of fancy words and too much of purple prose in her context. It’s too much to the point where you’re constantly being distracted by all the big and complicated words. And instead of losing myself into the story, I found it really hard to connect with the characters at all.
Part of the reason is that there’s just this description overload that I feel like, could’ve been easily cut down and reduced. It’s just distracting. And the other reason that I found it hard to connect with the characters is that there wasn’t much attention given to the emotions that they’re going through. So because of that when they’re feeling sad or scared or lonely, you can’t relate to them. You can’t sympathise with them because the description is mostly just about the physical parts and things, when it should’ve been more emotional and personal.
Instead of maybe simply telling us that Noor was scarred by the robbery incident, show us that fear of hers. Don’t tell it to us, show us that she, for example, always checks the locks on all doors and windows before being able to fall asleep at night. Because that shows us that she’s still afraid, that there’s this part of her that keeps replaying that occurrence over and over in her mind.
The characters, at many points, felt really flat, especially when it came to their dialogues. The dialogues were my least favourite bit about the book, honestly because they did not feel natural at all. They did not seem believable, it felt fake and that bothered me. Hence, another reason why I couldn’t connect or relate to the characters.
Another thing that I wanted to mention in my review is that when I was reading the book, I felt like the writer was forcefully shoving historic facts down my throat. I’m sorry if I’m being too harsh, but this is my honest opinion. There were many times where I felt like those historical pieces of information weren’t of much use because it wouldn’t have made a difference in the story and it’s plot so I kept thinking, “Why put it in there in the first place when it’s really not that relevant?”
It felt like a history lesson that I wasn’t much interested in and that pulled me further away from the story.
I think that this is all that I have to say about the book. I was really excited for it, honest to God, but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Im sorry if I’ve offended anyone, I hate coming off as harsh or mean but I can’t lie. Anyway, maybe the book will be your cup of tea and you could enjoy it so don’t hesitate to read it if you’re interested and form your own opinion on it. Thank you so much for reading.