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Book Review: A Dark Love Story by Shairoz K. Anwarali

A Dark Love Story by Shairoz K. Anwarali is a dark romance novel set in a Europe-like fictional backdrop. The novel, at large, features Ella and Parker, young students who meet in a college. The lead character of the novel is Ella, around nineteen-year-old. She has sad and dull life so far. Ella is raised in an orphan. Her mother died shortly after her father leaves her at the mercy of the fate.

As the novel opens up, we see that she is preparing to leave for higher studies on full scholarship in a new city. But well before that she is repeatedly haunted by a dark dream…something like she is lost in a dark forest and a guy speaks to her something about some truth. This dream itself adds an iota of suspense and darkness to the overall story before it could chug ahead in full sway.

Anyway the novel gains chirpy and casual tone once Ella is in a new city, in the college. She becomes friends with Lauren and her roommates at the hostel are drug addict and awkward. She somehow manages them. Also, in the college she feels that someone is chasing her like a shadow. As she discovers more, it comes out that Parker – a young handsome rich guy – is interested in her. However, their love doesn’t look the way it seems. There is a love triangle…there is Stiles that loves Ella. But on the other hand, Ella has feelings for Parker and vice versa.

A lot of palaver and table talk between Ella and Parker keeps occurring like banter in the backdrop. However, with time, Ella grows suspicious of Parker and his dark mood swings. She often goes to his home and even tries chasing him secretly. Midway, it is confirmed that Parker is not a simple human being. He is rather a vampire in the guise of a human. Besides, Ella too has some dark past related to the vampire world. She is not aware of it…but Parker has strong hunch about her association with Suzie. Who is Suzie now? This dark suspense angle takes the novel to new heights of thrill. As midway readers would be edged with newfound suspense and thrill, they would go ahead only with one option in their mind and that is to complete the book to know the exact fate of the story.

A little bit of gothic style college and the forest path and the mysterious ways of Parker turn this novel into a horror sort of Hollywood movie. No doubt love runs at the forefront but beneath the feelings of love churn a secret that can astound anyone. Those who have experienced vampire and human love story books or movies, will definitely find this book a treat to read. And for the core romance readers, this novel is with twists that no ordinary love stories of humans often come across.

At times emotions of being in love feel overdone…but the author has taken her time to build everything at an optimum pace. The author is too young from Kenya and her narration skills are superb. No grammar error and such clean narration ask for applause for her. Overall a different yet dark romance novel.

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