Title: The Ribbon Trap
Author: Shine Syamaladevi
Publisher: Lifi Publication
The ribbon trap on its surface looks like a story of a normal young lad Krishnaprem in love with a girl at school. However, what begins with childhood infatuation turns into very strong love. The prologue on the lines of the books title lays the theme of it not being one simple love story. The writer begins the book with a sub- plot that sets a very high expectation from the story ahead, despite the writing being mediocre, however he isn't completely able to justify and encash on this subplot with things ending rather randomly.
The story at this stage is still interesting enough to keeping the confused reader hooked, moves on different tracks from intense love to a mystery with the hint of the thriller. The beginning and the end of the book is where the story is at its strongest, the writer in between tried to serve too many flavors in one dish and failed miserably.
The flavor still enjoyable but could have been a great story if the sub plots that started brilliantly were done justice to, the writing style was tedious to say the least. Also the spelling mistakes were persistent. It speaks a lot of the quality of editing where I am confident not much efforts were made to improvise upon a manuscript that had very good potential. I blame the editor more than the writer. This sort of a book coming from Lifi publication is a huge shock. Did their editor leave the job?
Thus the ribbon trap is a good story if you consider only the overall plot keeping the shortcomings in writing aside for a minute. This book falls into the median of a large number of books by Indian writers where the story is very strong but could have been much better with grilling improvements from the publishing house or the agent. The writer certainly has better potential considering the good plots he can weave, provided if the learning curve of improving upon the writing style gains amplitude and stressing again with a better set of supporting editorial team.
Rating : 2 stars on 5.
About The Author: Shine Syamaladevi was born in a small village in Kerala. An avid reader and daydreamer since childhood, he believes passionate dreams really come true. The journeys around the nation on various official appointments added fuel to his passion, eventually resulting in his first book.