Book Review: Tides Don’t Cross by Simar Malhotra

TITLE: Tides Don’t Cross
AUTHOR: Simar Malhotra
PAGES: 256
PUBLISHER: Rupa
ISBN: 978-9353047146
GENRE: Romance

THE BLURB:
Sparks fly immediately when Rukmani—fierce and assertive in the best and worst possible ways—meets the gentle Ayaan in the magical city Paris. Meanwhile, back in India, her reticent sister, Mrinalini struggles to cope with the void of a loveless marriage and an early pregnancy.
Tides Don’t Cross follows these extremely interesting characters as their lives cross in surprising ways. Mrinalini, Ayaan and Rukmani wade through choppy tides, unaware of their common destiny. Deeply touching, this is an unforgettable story of thwarted desires, of love and its loss, of losing and finding oneself, and of falling and learning to rise.
Young and talented author Simar Malhotra has created yet another piercing and riveting read.

IF I COULD REVIEW IT IN A SINGLE LINE:
Worth the read

THE REVIEW:
The story of Rukmini, Mrinalini and Ayaan divided into parts and phases and of how Rukmini and Meera each had a different share of Ayaan’s life is what Simar’s novella revolves around. With a beautiful cover, different and engaging plotline and rather vivid and to the point narration this book earned my interest.
The characters each had a good backdrop and build up and were very well thought after. With fresh and stark qualities, pristine formations all the protagonists were relatable and likeable.
Too much of Bollywood drama though, was put into the book and I’m never a fan of such genre and hence it didn’t hold good for me but as I have maintained in each of my reviews every book appeals differently to every other reader.
What I cannot possibly un-see is the fact that the book and the plot has been written beautifully and created beyond mistakes. That is a singular quality which entitles high praise for it.
But in the end another aspect that went wrong for it was the age of the author ( which I realised later on) was way too young to get a hold on he intricacies of life and hence a lot of the plot points was rather mockish and not taken hold on subtly. Another thing was that there was too much attention to unnecessary details at places and a little or no attention to important aspects at other.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Simar Malhotra is the author of the teen novel There is a Tide. She is studying at Stanford University and is the winner of the Bocock/Guerard Fiction Prize. Her work has been published in the Gold Man Review literary journal and Stanford’s in-house magazine Topiary. When she’s not curled up with a book, she can be found doing Muay Thai or cuddling with all things furry.

Cover: 4/5
Title: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Language: 3/5
Story: 3/5
Writing and Presentation: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the publisher for an honest review. The review is absolutely my own and hasn’t been influenced by anyone.

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