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Book Review: Believe by Varun Gwalani

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.

The Bookworm Rates This: 3/5
The Bookworm Rates This: 3/5
Book Details
Title: Believe
Author(s): Varun Gwalani Genre: Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: 9789382473817 Publisher: Frog Books
No. of Pages: 298 Price: INR. 195

Reviewed for the publisher in exchange for a copy of the book. The views expressed here are my own, frank and uninfluenced.

(© 25th April 2015)



Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.