BOOK REVIEW: DARK BLOSSOM BY NEEL MULLICK

TITLE: DARK BLOSSOM
AUTHOR: NEEL MULLICK
PUBLISHER: RUPA PUBLICATIONS
GENRE: FICTION
PAGES:214
READING TIME: 6 HOURS

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son's thirteenth birthday and is looking forward to being with his family, when his world is cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially he thinks he can cope with the loss, but finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist, to regain his equipoise. What he does not know is that Cynthia herself is trying to cope with a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband over her daughter...

What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat? Moreover, when they are rowing in opposite directions--one clinging to the past, and the other unable to get rid of it! In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia's daughter, who harbours a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her. Taut with tension and intensity, Dark Blossom is a glimpse of what lies under the surface of apparently 'normal' people.



BOOK REVIEW: EMOTIONALLY ARRESTING BOOK

I picked this book because the title got me intrigued. From the first page itself, I found myself lost into Sam's world which I have to say is not an easy place to be. No matter how emotional his story made me feel, the story didn't allow me to detach myself and I kept on wanting to know more, feel more of Sam's pain. Sam is struggling with the loss of his son and wife who died in a road accident and he is going through the worst phase of his life. He acknowledges that he suffering from depression and seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist.  She deal with him with a great deal of sensitivity and balance. She prepares herself everyday for sessions and handles their every conversation with utmost sensitivity. Cynthia in her personal life is going through a difficult life with her daughter Lily and struggling to make peace with her past.  But all this doesnt affect her professional life , where she deals with his moods and actions but patiently deal with her patient. I would say Cynthia proves to be the right therapist who put her everything in bringing him out from depression. During the course of the book, I witnessed Sam's transformation. In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia's daughter, who harbours a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her. To know what that secret is, you'll have to read this book.


This book is so well-written and expressed. Author has described Sam's feelings in the most honest and acute way possible. I am in love with his writing. I am definitely waiting for more books from him.

RATING:
This book deserves 5 stars. I'd really recommend this book to everyone.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Geek turned Storyteller!
With degrees in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, USA, Business Administration from INSEAD, France, Neel is the Head of Product and Information Security at a Belgian family-office technology company.
He mentors women entrepreneurs through the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, is involved in raising a generation of digital and socially-aware leaders with the Steering for Greatness Foundation (Nigeria), supports improvement in the quality of life of domestic workers at Emprendedoras del Hogar (Peru), and is helping IIMPACT (India) break the cycle of illiteracy plaguing young girls from socially and economically impoverished communities.
He lives on three continents, spending his time between New York, Brussels, and New Delhi, has survived ten days (and nights!) at an airport, and a free fall five-hundred metres from the sky.

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