2021 has been a good year for reading so far. I’ve consciously decided to explore new genres and read some brilliant new authors. My book collection has seen a steady inflow of interesting titles and it doesn’t seem to slow down anytime soon. My book review today is for one of my recent fascinating reads, The Boundaries of Sanity by Mira Saraf.
About the book
The Boundaries of Sanity is a collection of five short psychological thrillers that delve into the deep recesses of our mind. Human psychology is complex and comprehending a person’s every move or reaction is challenging. Along with that a fiery concoction of bad friends, spouses, addictions or loss thrown in and it manages to burn your insides.
The five imperfect central characters are from varied backgrounds and have their own battles. Some of them manage to win, some don’t. Isn’t that what life is about?
The title, excerpt and the intriguing cover pulled me to The Boundaries of Sanity. Dark stories often leave us with an uncomfortable feeling and a whirlwind of thoughts. This book was no different. I was prepared to be disturbed, even spooked, and was secretly happy that hell doesn’t break loose, well everywhere.
Where Mrinalini’s addiction and subsequent breakdown makes one angry, Tanya’s resilience in face of an acute emergency gives hope. A timid overweight married woman is guilty of finding passionate love while a psychopath won’t stop at anything to murder his wife. What more, there’s a story about a magical muse that the writer in me would love to get my hands on!
Fear, regret, grief or insecurity are negative emotions that we often feel or see around us. Mira’s characters, although flawed, have layers that when peeled slowly reveal the real person within. Sometimes one needs to hit rock bottom to finally rise up and that’s the biggest takeaway from this book.
Mira’s writing is engaging and she weaves words beautifully. She hasn’t tried to glamourise or downplay the severity of psychological problems while keeping the narrative chillingly interesting. Also, next time I see something I’ll be tempted to name it Ella. Read the book to know what!
My rating : **** 4/5 stars
You can find my Amazon review for The Boundaries of Sanity here.
About the author
Mira Saraf is an English and Psychology student and has extensive experience in retail management. She dons different hats including working for a family business, managing a BPO and enhancement training. She loves reading and is a runner, Yoga enthusiast, foodie and poet. She has appeared in Canadian magazines like The Walrus, Eye Weekly and lifestyle blogs such as Women’s Web too.
Language : English
Genre : Fiction
Available in : Kindle Edition