BR #84 | Hold That Breath | Abhirup Dhar | Redgrab Books | ★★★★★

Book - Hold That Breath
Author - Abhirup Dhar
Publisher - Redgrab Books
Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Abhirup Dhar was born in Kolkata and has lived in various cities and towns. A banker by profession, he is passionate about writing and has been doing so ever since he was a child. He also has a keen interest in movies and reviewed them for certain portals after which he got his first book out, initially penned for the sheer joy of it – 'Once Again… With Love!', a quirky take on modern-day relationships. He believes the best stories are always the ones simply written from the heart and for the heart! He then celebrated storytelling in his next outing with 'Stories Are Magical' and readers had a fun, relaxing read again. Abhirup is now delving into horror with 'Hold That Breath!', focused to tell different kinds of stories. He currently lives in Mumbai.

Book Review: "Hold That Breath" by Abhirup Dhar is a horror fiction based on unexplained occurrences and strange incidents across various parts of India. The book consists of six paranormal short stories that are beautifully linked and interconnected in a peculiar way. Some weird phenomenons occur throughout the pages while the author tries to bridge the gap between the natural and supernatural worlds in the end.  There are adequate twists and turns in the plots to really hold the breath of the readers. 'Ominous', 'Seeing Ghosts!' and 'She' deserve special mentions as they stand out from the rest.

There are many characters in the book, considering it is a collection of short stories. However, the striking feature is the nature of these characters. The author has not simply written six haunted stories but rather has tried to explain the various kinds of paranormal activities. While some stories deal with ghosts, others deal with spirits, and yet some deal with schizophrenia patients who just see things. This variety provided in the literature creates an avenue for readers to really enjoy this given genre of books as this author has done a commendable job in breaking the monotonicity of horror stories. What is marvelous is the fact that there is some sort of justice or valid explanation behind all strange incidences in the book.

This book will appeal to a lot of readers who enjoy horror stories. The plots are short and further divided into very short chapters. Each one of these chapters ends on a different note of thrill and suspense that is a sure shot page-turner. All experiences have a plausible explanation in the end as these stories are beautifully wrapped up into a conclusion where justice is delivered, but in a weird and peculiar way, that is best left for readers to decipher as far as the consequences of one's actions are concerned. Horror stories are definitely worth reading especially when the author provides a slow pace for the readers to really feel the haunted moments and this is exactly what is delivered in this book.

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