Book Review: Two Graves, by Zoe Kalo

The title “Two Graves”, along with the blurb, made me to pick up this book for reading. I love a good thriller, and the two aspects promised as much – a tale of vengeance.

The book follows the story of Angelica, a talented violinist. Something happened seven years back, something that she can’t shake off. A lot has changed since then, but in the present day, Angelica seeks vengeance for what happened seven years back, and a masquerade ball provides the opportunity she needs to exact that vengeance.

I like the pace the story has. It’s a short novella, but the scenes develop quickly, taking me back and forth between the two timeframes (present and seven years back). The dual narration helps in a way to understand the story, since the events of the past led to the present. Angelica’s emotions are quite well portrayed too, and it’s easy to feel the anger or sadness or helplessness that she feels. The imagery throughout is quite interesting too, and there are many quotable lines that are present in the book.

While the present day events, as Angelica takes each calculated step, feel exciting, the past events do not. There isn’t much to look at in character development and such, perhaps because of the length of the book. At the end of the novella, it still isn’t clear what happened in those seven years that made the thirst for vengeance more pronounced, or how she knew who, etc. I traverse back through the pages, but I still can’t quite put my finger on it. It leaves me confused. Good things to savor, yet some things to forget as well. Not sure what to make of it.

Like the Dante’s “maze”, the novel seems to be a maze too, sometimes confusing, sometimes exciting. I think it might be part of a bigger series, so still hoping that these questions will be answered in the sequel.


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A score of 6 out of 10
Book Details
Title: Two Graves
Author(s): Zoe Kalo Genre: Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: B01LDIXCR0 Publisher: Self-published

No payment was taken for this review. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.


(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
20th December 2016)

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