Book Review of “The Mine” by Arnab Ray

The Mine scores as a riveting thriller that will linger in your mind for days, after you finish reading the book.
The plot revolves around five experts who are brought to a hi-tech mining facility sensing strange, unexplainable occurrences. What connects them all is their murky past and a hideous truth that has been long under the wraps. And so begins their perilous journey of confronting their fate and facing their destined end.
This fast-paced, dark psychological thriller is divided in to three sections: The Beginning, The Middle and The End; though the prologue sets the stage for the deep rooted mysteries and fears that surface on each page.
You will find references of real life incidents that made news around the country; the crux of it all is a reflection of our own fears.
The interlinked stories that make up the novel have an overpowering sinister effect. Various characters, various settings and the sly intervening of links that leave room for mixed interpretation and open ended questions, will make you retrace your thoughts and flip back a few pages to gasp in awe and wonder, as the author skillfully spins the web of mystery and thrill.
Given our experience with Hollywood/Bollywood flicks, you will end up visualizing the scenes as you read the story. Karma has its own way of getting back. And you might recollect “Death’s List” from the “Final Destination” series. (And many such references will emerge in your mind if you are a movie buff/avid reader.)
The narratives (and the scenes) are racy and breathtaking. The narrative is fresh and rather intriguing. Philosophical at places, the book shakes you with the insights. A diligent mix of Science and Karma, the suspense and the thrill in the book will give you goose bumps with every new page. And you will not deny that “the greatest evil lies deep inside.”

 

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  1. Rimpa Ghosh Bedi

    I, being a horror fiction fan, hoped, just hoped that The Mine, would be an answer to the people writing (and not writing) horror stories in India. Alas, all my hopes tasted the dust by the time I had read this book. As if the me-too approach, the story that have been seen(I prefer to stick to the world “seen” for obvious reasons)thousand times in much better films and the stupid plots were not enough, Arnab, tortures our patience further with the wanna-be intellectual end. No real ghosts, no real thrills, no real punches, no real reasons and no real drama, the book really made my heart sunk, as I really wanted this book to be good. When the main charterers of a book die and you don’t give a damn, then you know that it’s time to shut the book and discontinue. Sadly, I couldn’t do that and kept my hopes alive. I was too late to understand that book had nothing good in it barring the gripping introduction on the back page to lure the readers.

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