When I was first told by Bookrack to review, “The Lost Story”, I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to. I mean, I hadn’t heard of the book at all and honestly I could not say much of it based on a synopsis. I needed to read a chapter at least to figure whether or not I wanted to review it. However, I agreed to review the book and from the time the book reached me, I could not put it down. So there went my theory of wanting to read a chapter at least. The book gripped me and took me in.
“The Lost Story” is a joint venture by Amit Goyal and Sudhanshu Gupta. It is a story of a Booker Prize Winning writer Saleem Afzal, who hasn’t written a book in the last 23 years. It is about Sandy, an aspiring young writer who gets a chance to work with him on a collection of short stories. The idea and entire premise of the book is that each of them has to write one half of a story, leaving it for the other to finish it. Together, they make their imaginations run wild, churning story after story – a tale of a haunted house, the apocalypse and its aftermath, a journey back home gone crazy, and of a young terrorist and his mentor.
As these stories are being churned, there is another story which remains unfinished – Saleem’s Lost Story. The last book he was working on. Sandy’s mind begins to question unrelentlessly, seeking answers: What is the Lost Story? What happened to Saleem while he was writing it? What is the secret behind his accident? Why won’t anyone tell Sandy anything about it?
This is the premise of the book. I liked the book. In fact, I liked it a lot. The writing was fast. The stories were crisp. The intermingling chapters of stories and the conversations and scenes of Saleem’s and Sandy’s lives were done tactfully. The authors must have pondered over the fact that how this should have worked out – and therefore the way they have written the book seems so familiar to the events that unfurl in the book (just referring to the writing style of two authors’ collaborating). Amit and Sudhanshu have kept the book simple – in terms of its language which does not require a lot from the reader and yet they do not serve all stories on a platter. The reader is often left wondering about the various possibilities at the end of each story.
At the same time, the ending was a big disappointment for me. I could not handle it. I did not like it. I wish there was more to it than the way it ended and that was the only drawback for me in the entire book. Nonetheless I enjoyed the book. It is everything that you need in a page-turner and I liked the structure and framework of the book. It is a quick flight read for sure.