Friday, 9 October 2015

Book Review: Diabolical by Supriya Parulekar


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Book Name: Diabolical

Author: Supriya Parulekar

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

Price: Rs. 195


Lost and alone, Sonya fought with the demons that haunted her, threatening to rip her apart!
“They want me dead….” Sonya mumbled as fear took hold of her. Being a superstar in Bollywood provided no solace to the gorgeous Sonya Rana and there was no running away from that she experienced every waking moment.

Jay tried to soothe her frayed nerves with his love but she chose to shut herself from the world. All she wanted was to leave her dark past behind somehow.

“Let me go… please” Sonya pleaded to Tanis, her step-sister who fiercely loved and protected her.
Sonya knew the bitter truth. In the end, either one will survive, she or the demons raging within her, and if the demons won, it would spell an end for Sonya.

When one’s soul takes a beating, all hope is lost and everything is over in a single heartbeat.
The ‘Diabolical’ had manifested itself within the gorgeous Sonya, killing the hope of chance at a beautiful life she could have had.

Read this book to unravel the dark games our mind plays with us. Experience a tumultuous ride of emotions as Sonya’s past catches up with her sending her life spiralling down.

My take:

Film star, Sonya Rana has had a horrendous childhood. Being an abandoned child, Sonya always wished for some motherly love from her step mother, Ramola. Ramola never considered Sonya as her daughter and very often, she neglected, scolded and threatened her. She did not take a stand for her when Sonya was sexually abused.

Minds of young children are like that of clay. It takes the shape of whatever that is imprinted on it. Sonya has the horrible incident of the sexual abuse hidden, deep somewhere. And it is this incident which keeps haunting her present. Even love form Tania, her step-sister and Jay, her lover couldn’t rescue her from these demons.

Hope is the only thing that we have which keeps us going in our life. When hope is lost, everything is lost. Sonya loses hope and is forced upon by the demons to commit suicide. What was the cause of Sonya’s death? Was it a murder that was disguised as a suicide?

Diabolical takes you on a roller coaster ride of love, friendship and hope. The author has done an exceptionally brilliant job with the narration part. I have lived through the book. The characters, too, have been well-developed. The flow of the story is constant. It keeps you hooked up until the end.


  • Sonya and Tania’s love and friendship ~ I share a similar kind of relationship with my sister. I felt the rush of emotions when reading about them. I could relate myself with most of the incidents from the story. For example – the swing.
  • Jay’s love for Sonya ~ It reminded me of A Walk to Remember! Selfless love!
  • Maya- The Mystique and her contribution in solving the mystery.
  • The author hasn’t given the story a happy end. Depression is like termite. It eats up your life. Sonya’s suicide proved that author wishes to write realism. I liked the end. Some part of me still feels that Sonya should have given a chance to Jay and their relationship. But it’s better to die once than torturing oneself to death every day.

I rate:

Cover: 3.5/5

Story: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Diabolical deserves an overall rating of 4/5 stars.

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