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Book Review: The Clockmaker, by Paromita Goswami

Supernatural or paranormal genre books usually bring, for me, the expectation of a tale that creeps me out. Horror is about feeling the chills, rather than being told about it. In a way, I think this book The Clockmaker by Paromita Goswami manages to do that.

It’s one of the few times I’ve not gone to the blurb before reading, and gone purely because of the genre. Perhaps a look at the blurb somewhere might have helped me to adjust my expectations slightly, because while there is a horror aspect, The Clockmaker is also a family drama. In the final moments of his earthly life, Bauji, a clockmaker, gives a timepiece to his son Ashish, who ends up taking over the clockmaking business from his father. Years later, Ashish is married to Lata, who is competitive in society circles and wants a life that Ashish might not always seem to give her. His son Vicky has no interest in the clockmaker’s legacy, instead pursuing his passion for speed. Ashish also gets recurring nightmares he can’t quite explain and hallucinations of the black hooded man from his nightmares. And he discovers the power of the old timepiece, inadvertently. Will using that power help him?

The prelude of this book is spot on. It brings a sense of foreboding and that’s good. A reader is intrigued by that, especially given the genre. After that, from chapter one, the focus shifts to the drama. The son, lying to pursue his passion that his parents might not understand. The wife, who wants to be the best in her social circles, competing with a jealous rival. The clockmaker, who is unable to sleep because of his worries and nightmares. The characters are few, but they have their own shades. They don’t necessarily wow you, but don’t fall flat either. I liked the twist once the power of the timepiece is revealed. But that’s about it.

The drama kind of overwhelms the supernatural/paranormal experience, and it is a tedious read. It is a curiosity to know what happens to the character in the end that actually helps keep the pages turning. I wish there was more instances of the hooded man, which was interesting. There was an idea here that may have worked out better. But sadly, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I might.

A Score Of 6 Out Of 10

Book Details:
Title: The Clockmaker
Author: Paromita Goswami
Genre: Supernatural
No. of Pages: 232
Publisher: Ficus India
Rating: 6 out of 10

Vinay Leo R.
© A Bookworm’s Musing
20th June. 2019.


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.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Clockmaker, by Paromita Goswami

  1. That’s a pity. I liked the premise of the book. And I do like family dramas too. It’s sad that it all didn’t come together. Thanks for the review.

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