Based on the global epidemic that most women face in their lives, Death in Every Stride is a dark fable of Krisanne who is going to turn on her wheels and step into a new phase of her life with Paul Dore. Rather, it is a new beginning of the stygian darkness before dawn for Krisanne. How her dreams which she had weaved with flower petals are filled with thorns is what the story revolves around. At the end the author poses a strong question, “Who is at fault for Paul’s attitude and insane cave of thoughts?”
Megha Agarwal is an active blogger at destroyheaven.wordpress.com and a gold medallist in International Mathematics Olympiad, 2012.
Her areas of interests include writing poems, watching inspirational movies and philanthropy. Currently, she is pursuing Bachelor in Economics (H) from The Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi.
As the title suggests it is almost the same for the protagonist Krisanne, Death awaits her with every stride she takes with her husband Paul. It is a saga of betrayal of trust, domestic violence and rising back up again from her own ashes.
The book is more like a novelette and is short in length, Published by AuthorsPress, it takes you on a journey of a woman, her marriage and her ordeals. It is an Epistolary novel (when a novel is written as a series of documents, namely diary entries, letters, etc.) and the author has chosen the diary entries of the protagonist to show how her life proceeds through it. A time span of 1992 to 2011 is shown, and it shows how long the ordeal must have been for Krisanne.
It is a brave attempt by Megha Agarwal to write about something so sensitive like marital rape and domestic violence. It is not for the people who are looking to read light romantic novels.
The downside of the book is its poor editing; the editor should have taken more care of sentence structures and formations. In the hands of a good editor this book could have been brilliant. The sub plots are not drawn out well. The main focus is always Krisanne and her worries. I also wondered while reading that why did Krisanne wait for so long to stand up for herself, especially when she had the support of her children. Paul’s character is drawn out well and brings out the villainy in him. Krisanne’s character is loyal, compassionate and soft, Aarav, her son’s character remains half explored, her daughter Emily’s character is the one I love, purely because I like strong female characters. The characters from the sub plot and the back story are not given much space to develop. Krisanne remains the pivot of the story throughout.
It is a good attempt given that it is Megha Agarwal’s first book but she has to be careful of the smaller mistakes made in the first attempt; she has the potential to grow further. Her writing style is powerful yet simple. It is wonderful to see brave young girls like her thinking about social issues and writing about them too.
I would like to know more about what happened to Emily. This book has a good potential for a sequel. All the very best Megha with this book and your future projects.