Title- The Speaking Stone
Author- Ratnadip Acharya
Publisher- Aksora Publications LLP
Genre- Historical thriller.
Publication date- 28 Jul 2019
The story runs in two different timelines of 1900 where we get to know about the true facts of the speaking stone and 2017 where Saikat possesses half of the same speaking stone engraved with Sanskrit inscription and peculiar faces while Shuvashini, an intellectual girl doing her Ph.D. in history is curious to find the other half of the stone. Saikat is intrigued by the stone and reaches Agartala where he meets Shuvashini and they both come together to solve the mystery of the speaking stone.
The interlacing of the past and present is beautifully executed. It was fascinating to read about the history of Tripura which was once called Rajamala in past and was ruled by Radha Kishore Manikya. But I couldn’t connect with both the characters well enough. It felt that the author had muted the character of Shuvashini even though she’s more into history.
Also, some chapters felt unnecessarily stretched at many points and made me feel like skipping the lines. The plot had many potentials and it would have turned out to be much better with decent editing. I still enjoyed the book because of the profound research put by the Author. Recommended if you’re more into thriller history.
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