Hello, readers! Hope you’re all keeping safe at home. Thanks to #BookChatter, I’m doing a book review after quite a while although I’ve consumed many a books of late. Ringa Ringa Roses by Neil D’Silva is my first venture in the horror genre and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you.
About the book
Ringa Ringa Roses is a collection of three horror stories. Anyone who knows the tragic backstory behind this supposedly innocent nursery rhyme would appreciate this consummate selection of title. For the ones who don’t, the author has shared his take as well. It subtly manages to get your hopes up in anticipation for what’s in store.
All the three stories have a child as the main protagonist, which rings true with its theme. Nithya, Nikhil and Nihar seem like regular kids until they’re faced with an extraordinary situation. The vulnerability of a child due to neglect, disillusionment when faced with a personal loss and the display of courage to avenge someone close, are expressed in a stark but real way.
Some authors have an inherent grasp on a particular genre and Neil seems completely at home spooking people out. He gently introduces one element after another in a story while keeping his readers guessing. He has sketched his protagonists’ characters with great care and every one of them is unique. You sometimes find yourselves empathizing with them while on few occasions they’re plain creepy.
I read this book through the day since I’m prone to nightmares. That said, while the first two stories did send a chill down my spine, the third story seemed more of a thriller. His detailed screenplay-like writing made visualizing them quite easy for me. I also liked his intelligent choice of words.
The stories in this book could very well be converted into short films that are much a rage nowadays. They hit you unawares like those Ram Gopal Verma brand movies where the situation spells horror. I’m getting goosebumps just imagining how Nikhil’s story will pan out and would love to watch it!
Ringa Ringa Roses is brilliant in parts and overall a good one-time read. You’ll enjoy it even if you aren’t suitably spooked.
My rating: **** 3.5/5 stars
About the author
Neil D’Silva has several books to his credit, three of which have been selected for screen adaptation as well. He is a member of the International Horror Writers Association. UK’s DESIblitz magazine has named him of the Top 7 Indian Horror Writers to be read.
Available in: Kindle Edition