When you read the second book of an author, there is an expectation that it’ll be at least as good as the first, if not better. Though I didn’t know what the story of this book would be, I knew what I expected was a good story. That was something I got with Kavipriya’s first book.
Dirty Martini is the story of Preethi. The story goes in two timelines, in the present, as well as the past. In the past, the first idea we get of Preethi’s character is that she is a simple girl who looks at the little things, like the happiness from photos in Facebook that her married friend shares, with those happy status/captions as well. She seeks her man too, contemplating what is important in marriage. That simple girl for whom life was all rainbows and daisies changes with a choice she makes. And she finds it difficult to let go of that new life. Can another choice change that?
The first thing I look to see in any book is if it engages me as a reader. Dirty Martini does that. With both timelines, the book is, without a doubt, a page turner. The narration and language are quite simple and it brings the emotions out quite well too. There are mainly three characters – Preethi, Raghu and Prabhu. I would say the character sketches of the first two I enjoyed more than the third. Over the “past” part of her story, we see her character develop toward what we can see in the “present” part.
What I liked about the characters and the plot is that it feels very real. Be it the loneliness and anxiety that creeps upon her after that expensive mistake or the way society (including family) reacts to those bold choices that she takes to remedy that, I felt it was something that many women might be able to relate to. And these emotions are done justice. I had thought that a little more detailing would make the author’s earlier novel better. This novel has that detailing, and that is one of the strong points of the novel. The editing is much better than the first novel too, so that’s another box that is ticked.
Maybe that is how it happens in reality, I’m not sure, but I thought the “past” part of the narration rushes a bit toward a conclusion right at the end. There were some stray typos in the book, nothing that stands out prominently. And some printing problems too, like two words coming without a space between them. They aren’t deal breakers when it comes to negative points, but they could have made the reading experience much better.
The book is a quick read. I finished the book in a few hours. The cover art is intriguing, to say the least. There definitely is improvement from IDWS to DM. I think the path is clear for a talented author to go further in quality and bring out a brilliant third book. I am hoping that that happens soon.
|Title: Dirty Martini|
|Author(s): Kavipriya Moorthy||Genre: Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9789386305015||Publisher: Story Mirror|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
27th August 2017)