The Woman Who Saw the Future is author Amit Sharma’s second novel. I had the opportunity to review his first, False Ceilings as well. And after reading both of them, I can say that he has a unique style that draws you in to the story and helps you ignore the little things that grate on your nerve for just a few seconds.
The Woman Who Saw the Future is confusing at first. You don’t understand what’s going on, how the characters are related, and how everything has panned out to the present. But like I mentioned in my opening statement (so fancy), you see very soon how it all unfolds in the end. The biggest plus, however, is that The Woman Who Saw the Future gets right both the elements that need to make a good first impression – an interesting title and an intriguing front cover. In addition to this, it also has a blurb that piques your interest.
The Woman Who Saw the Future is the story of Sapna Vaid, a timid, scared, college-going girl who has the power to save lives across the world by seeing the future in her dreams. But circumstances arise when a raging hatred takes hold of her heart and she turns into someone completely in contrast with who she was earlier. Now termed a murderer by those closest to her, will Sapna be able to emerge from this veil? Or will she forever hold her silence?
Amit Sharma’s second novel, in a nutshell, is unputdownable in the heartbreak that it causes. It is so engaging that you go through the entire range of emotions that the characters feel. It took me just 75 pages to fall in love with the concept and accept the constant gut-wrenching feeling that came with the story.
Though this idea has been implemented before, every chapter is from the point of view of a different character, making for an interesting read. Amit Sharma has done a great job on this story, just as he did with his first book, False Ceilings. The difference between the two, however, is that The Woman Who Saw the Future is much, much more polished than the first one.
The characters in the story have definitive quirks. A few of them even annoy me. For example, Om repeats words at the beginning of most of his sentences. Mehak says “Lord!” a lot! But the most annoying is when success gets to a character’s head (*cough* Sapna *cough*) and they start acting demented.
It asks of you a lot of questions that you don’t know if you could answer honestly: What if you could see the future? What if you could save your loved ones? What lengths would you go to in order to save someone? Will you be able to save yourself from the world and your own self? It makes you question yourself and everything you have believed in so far.
I love the story, but the minute things that grate on my nerves are still there. There are a lot of ‘you know’s and ‘like’s in the dialogue. I know it is supposed to be a narrative given by someone. Since it already is in the first person, there is no need for it, in my opinion. But hey! It’s just me! I tried my best to skip these and enjoyed the story a lot.
All in all, The Woman Who Saw the Future is an engaging, fast-paced read. It will make you think, and that is what good writing is all about!
Rating: 4/5 stars
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