Friday, 30 March 2018

Beneath the eyes by Upender Reddy - Book Review

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Book Name- Beneath the eyes

Author- Upender Reddy

Publisher- Notion Press


Everyone gathered around as the child opened his eyes. They stared at the monitor as the chip attached to the child's optic nerve began to relay his vision on it. There was nothing. The child appeared to watch an empty corner of the room, focusing his eyes on something invisible. The people around followed his gaze, but could only see a blank wall. Puzzled, they looked at each other inquiringly. The child continued to stare.

"Look!" said Natasha, suddenly. The monitor on the table came to life, and a faint image began to form on the screen. As they all watched intently, the faint image began to form the dark shape of a human. In a few moments, there was a hazy outline of a woman staggering towards the door. The image soon became clear, taking the distinct form of a woman. Slowly, she appeared to come closer to the screen. All of a sudden, her face became clear. She raised her eyes and looked at them. Everyone gasped and fell back, frozen.....


It has been quite a while that I read some horror novel. I picked this book up to read in the morning and by 7 in the evening, I was done reading it. 

I wouldn't go much into the story deets as I don't want my review to be a spoiler. As the title says, the story is related to eyes and about an invention which lets you display what the eyes see on a monitor. It starts off well but gets a bit confusing in the middle. It's bound to happen as the author tries to keep the mystery factor intact. He then reveals all the truth towards the end. I loved the way the author has revealed all the answers to the questions slowly and steadily. The story starts off with one tale and as you read further, you know more about the others. 

Every character has a story and that is what the author has shown in this book. He has built the characters and their lives very well. He doesn't give out too much details. He tells you about a thing and you figure out the rest. I like such kind of books.

As for the pace of this book is concerned, it is average. It's neither too fast, nor too slow. The narration is done in third person narrative and in present tense. I have never read books wherein the story has been narrated in present tense. So, reading this book was kind of difficult at the beginning. But I got accustomed to it soon. The language is simple and lucid. The overall reading experience is good.

Here are a few reasons why you should pick up this book!
  • It isn't anything like those stereotyped Bollywood horror movies. You will get chills and goosebumps at many places.
  • You cannot say this book to be a pure horror one. The part of the lives of the characters may leave you teary-eyed. It's kind of emotional.
  • The book gives you an insight of the advancements in the technology.

I rate-
Cover: 3/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Story: 3.5/5

My overall rating for 'Beneath the eyes' is 3.5/5 stars.

This book is available for purchase on Amazon.

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