Lifi publications book Love Lies and The Sea written by Manish Das Gupta is a fresh attempt at a college romance interspersed with suspense. The 174 pages long book takes you on a journey of four friends and all that is good bad and ugly in their lives.
To divulge the story would take away from the suspense factor of the book, but I can say that is not one of your usual college romances that you come across. The author provides enough twists and turns to keep the readers hooked. A college fest sabotaged, a trip gone wrong, a suicide, a sadist college president, a fiery woman, a jilted lover all form the core ingredients of this book which is enough to churn up an engrossing read. It is exactly as the title suggests, it is about Love, Lies and the Sea.
Das Gupta’s language is lucid, young and smooth. The English used is simple and colloquial which will make it easy for a reader of any level to float through the book without much difficulty. There are some humorous moments and witty one liners that you can directly relate to your college days. However, Das Gupta’s focus is not the language but the plot which he has very effectively interlaced throughout the book.
His character depictions are superb, Arnab, Vikram, Lizzie and Neel are your friends from college, you will easily relate to their life and problems. Das Gupta has also created two great female characters, Ananya and Lizzie, of which Lizzie is my favourite purely because I like strong character portrayals of women. The side characters and couple of subplots also add to the story.
The four friends each have a back story which is cleverly entwined in the main plot and also reflects on their character. If you pick this book up, you will find yourself among a group of friends seen in any college. The book has a psychosomatic layer which runs through the pages of a diary of one of the characters and it is only revealed in the end whose diary it is.
Well Done Manish Das Gupta for writing a gripping novel for the young adults. If you are into slightly serious and literary reading I will not recommend this book for you, but if you enjoy light moments, college fun together with some drama and psychosomatic situations sprinkled with suspense you will enjoy this book.
The treatment is crisp, clean and precise. The author does not waste your time dwindling over things that are not necessary to the plot. A straight story, directly aimed at the reader’s entertainment.
GO BUY READ NOW!!!! If you enjoy suspense, drama and romance all sketched into one book.