Book Review: The Shadow of Darkness by  Priyanka Baranwal


Book Title: The Shadow of Darkness
Author: Priyanka Baranwal
Format: Paper Back
Total Number of Pages: 390
Language: English
Publisher: Self Published
Publishing Date: First edition (2017)
ISBN-10: 9352888057
ISBN-13: 978-9352888054

When Maya fought two criminals one night and saved herself and her five year old daughter, Sejal, she thought the worst was over. But was it really? Or, there could be something worse than the worst? The childhood trauma that little Sejal did not deserve resulted in nightmares, trust issues and bizarre habits. Even after thirteen long years, the night continues to haunt and debilitate her senses with its magnificence, and as if it wasn’t enough, an encounter with the remains of past slips her deep into a treacherous darkness.

Sejal has a loving family, a comfortable life yet disappointment is the only thing now echoing inside her. Will its shadow ever leave her side? Then we see a shining light in the dark brooding sky – Kartik. Is he the answer to her quest of peace? Will Sejal be able to find love, strong enough to fight all odds and bring her out from the darkness? Will the light of hope win over its foes?

The Shadow of Darkness holds answer to every question.

My Take

The cover is catchy enough and the reader shall pick the book up just after looking at it once, the blurb as compared to the story gives an apt just of the entire story. I found this title interesting and it drew my attention instantly into this book. I must say. It certainly made me want to read it as soon as possible. The title can’t be more apt than this to plot. It’s always great to read a book when it not only has an interesting cover and title but a great story as well.

The plot is unique; the storyline is gripping as well as intriguing and the narrative takes the story forward flawlessly. The plot is a blend of emotions, childhood trauma, violence against women, rape, kidnap, society, friendship, affection, nightmares, and most importantly family values. The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it. The pace of the novel is slow. The narration starts with the third person and as it continues, a kind of disconnection between the reader and the story is observed. But, the storytelling is engaging. Pace Slow at first resulting in the interest waning at times. However, after the initial few pages the story slowly gained momentum and from there on it became truly interesting and absorbing.

Language is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout but the story was found to be dragging at a few places. The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc. My favorite character of this book was Sejal the author had beautiful weaved the character with all importance. It makes me realize what true love is, as it demands nothing but just to be expressed. I love where Rajat and Maya stands for each other in their tough time, a true friend like Diya is hard to find and the relation between  Kartik ans Sejal is simply adorable the love and care.

Gathering courage and fighting our battles make us true human beings

Overall, An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end.

Overall 3.5/5 Stars

Grab the copy here-

About the Author


Priyanka Baranwal is a freelance writer, poet and blogger. She is a science graduate and a diploma holder in Teacher Training and Textile Designing. She has been a well-appreciated teacher and has also worked with an NGO in Bangalore. She loves music, literature, writing, and travelling. Originally from Mirzapur (U.P.), Priyanka now lives with her husband Sumit and son Ashmit in Bangalore. It’s Never Too Late is her debut novel.
You can connect with her on Twitter |Facebook |Instagram or her blog Priyanka-PagesFromMyLife

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Asha Venu says:

    great review

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sounds like an interesting premise. Will look it up.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Crisp and to the point. I will check out the book.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Suzy says:

    Sounds very interesting. Your review was nicely written.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. RamyaRao says:

    Your review tempts me to buy this book, although I like the genre I am awry of Indian authors because of their style of writing becomes more Bollywood .

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Jane Autin says:

    Nice one!


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  8. Aaradhya Verma says:

    Great review, you left me wanting to pick up that book (despite the fact I have hundreds in front of it!)


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