Believe brings a simple story set in the fictional town of Levion. Conner White, an author, heads there after being criticized about his work. He finds that the town has its own secrets and it’s not that easy finding peace there. Rather, he finds himself trying not only to save himself, but the town and Victoria, who he meets there.
Varun Gwalani’s debut work is laudable in two aspects. First, he’s chosen not to do a love story debut, which is the common route authors seem to take these days. Secondly, he’s chosen to set it in a fictional town, though the aspects he explores through the novel are quite real, and in my opinion, local. That he chooses to develop the character of Conner White slowly and makes it interesting is another positive aspect as well. Introspective and dark, yet engaging, the novel holds promise.
Perhaps it’s the fact that there are local elements involved which makes this book a little confusing as well. Though the characters are fictional, they seem to be in the wrong setting. Being a debut work, it lacks the completeness be it in narration or the plot. But I feel his next book will set that right.
Nothing too good, nothing too shabby, Believe is a decent first novel from a young author.
|Author(s): Varun Gwalani||Genre: Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9789382473817||Publisher: Frog Books|
|No. of Pages: 298||Price: INR. 195|
(© 25th April 2015)