Author: Durjoy Datta
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Publication Date: Latest edition - 15 October 2016
Genre: Romantic fiction
We are in the car. She’s looking at me. I can see the love in her eyes for me. Then a huge crash. She’s flung out of the window. I’m thrown out too. A pool of blood. Her eyes are still on me... but now it’s a death stare. I am Daman and I wake up to this nightmare. Every. Single. Day.
Waking up from a long coma, Daman learns that he was in a massive car crash with a girl who vanished soon after the accident, leaving him for dead.
Strangely, all he remembers is a hazy face, her hypnotic eyes, and her name—Shreyasi. To come to terms with his memory lapse he starts piecing together stories about himself and Shreyasi from his dreams, which he then turns into a hugely popular blog.
When he’s offered a lucrative publishing deal to convert his blog pieces into a novel, he signs up immediately. However, he gives in to editorial pressure and agrees to corrupt the original edgy character of Shreyasi.
From then on Daman is stalked and threatened by a terrifying beauty who claims to be Shreyasi and who will stop at nothing to make him pay for being a sell-out. Before Daman fights back, he needs to know: Is she really who she claims to be? What does she want from him now? What if he doesn’t do what she wants him to?
The Girl of My Dreams is definitely not your usual love story.
With this book, Durjoy Datta has managed to keep his readers hooked as it delivers numerous plot twists making it more paced than any of his other books.
The book is about the Protagonist, Daman who is facing challenges in life after surviving a deadly car accident. His girlfriend, Shreyasi, was with him in the car and he feels that because he was driving that day and he is guilty of her death.
Daman meets his new girlfriend, Avni who doesn’t like Daman mentioning Shreyasi, the girlfriend in his writings. Even after Avni’s repeated appeal to him to name her instead of Shreyasi, he keeps using his virtual girlfriend’s name. The plot becomes chaotic when Shreyasi comes back to life, the plot becomes interesting when she comes back to life and everyone starts to wonder how can a dead arise to living.
The plot of the book offers distractingly and intentionally misleading twists. The readers may expect certain outcomes, and boom! A totally unexpected resolution comes into the picture. The main plot is brawny and to the point. The concept of blending the sub plots with the main plot has been done effectively.
The characters in the story are dynamic, well-constructed, defined and relatable so much so that one can almost substitute with the real life people they know. They are given their equal portions of complications, flaws, perfections, confusions- very humane like!
You would find yourself asking questions like: who is this stalker girl? Where is Shreyasi? What does this stalker want from Daman?
As established earlier, the story of this book presents an unusual love story making it a psychological thriller.
About the Author:
Durjoy Datta is a novelist, screenwriter and the co-founder of the publishing house Grapevine India. He completed his education from the Management Development Institute located in Gurgaon and also has a degree from the reputed Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany. Before venturing into writing, Datta worked at NIIT Ltd., Siemens AG and American Express. In 2009, The Times of India honoured him as 'The Young Achiever'. He was also selected by Whistling Woods International in 2011 as one of the two young achievers in the category of Media and Communications. Some of his popular books include 'Of Course I Love You Till I Find Someone Better’ and 'You Were My Crush till you said you love me!’