Author: Lokesh Gulyani
Publisher: Omji Publishing House
Cover : 3.5/5
Title : 2.5/5
Blurb : 3/5
Theme : 4/5
Story : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Value for money: 3.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5
- Jack – The protagonist
- Priscilla – Jack’s fiance
- Jennifer – An Australian working on a project at Jaisalmer
- Maya – Jennifer’s subordinate
- Allen – Jack’s acquaintance at his place of stay in Jaisalmer
Meeting someone unknown cannot be termed as sheer coincidence. A larger truth lay beneath Jack’s ill timed visit to Jaisalmer, meeting Jennifer and encounter with Allen wasn’t a mere coincidence. Something was not right with Jennifer and Jack was unaware of the fact but Allen knew it all. And then she went missing in the deserts of Jaisalmer. Will Jack be able to find her? Will the secret of Jennifer ever be out? To know more read this spine chilling thriller ‘J’ in which love conquers all.
J – Jack, Jennifer & Jaisalmer is a thriller presented by debutante Lokesh Gulyani. The protagonist Jack is required to travel to Jaisalmer on an urgent assignment, leaving alone his fiance, Priscilla, when they were about to get married. Jack works as a consultant and Jennifer is his company’s client. Although he misses Priscilla throughout his journey to Jaisalmer and even later, he instantly falls in love with his receiver at the airport. A very beautiful young lady that Jennifer is, Jack adores her beauty and child-like innocence. Jack is also introduced to Allen during breakfast on the next day of his arrival.
Allen was visiting Jaisalmer for sight-seeing along with a tourist group. They soon become fast friends. Maya is Jennifer’s subordinate at work and has a mother who is hell bent on getting her married. She presents prospective grooms to Maya almost everyday until Captain Vikram from the Indian Army, Maya’s childhood neighbor and friend, is posted in Jaisalmer to serve at the India-Pakistan border.
Along with working together, Maya and Jennifer make it a point to make Jack familiar with all the well-known places in Jaisalmer. During one such visit at a famous lake in Jaisalmer, Jack and Jennifer bump into Allen. Allen is shocked to see Jennifer and his emotions are clearly expressed by his sudden shriek. He however composes himself then and later reveals to Jack that Jennifer is need of dire help. Jack shrugs off Allen’s remark only to realize later that he was indeed right. Allen shares with Jack his own life story – about his wife Miriam and son Toni who both met with untimely death and he is in the process of searching for a communication medium to be able to communicate with them.
One morning Maya receives a mysterious call from Jennifer wherein Jennifer is requesting Maya to help and save her. Shell-shocked, she dials Jennifer’s number again only to find out that she is absolutely fine. The strange thing being that Jennifer denies having made any call to Maya. Allen later reveals to Jack that another soul is resident in Jennifer’s body and that she is unaware of it. Jennifer disappears one day, out of the blue. Maya and Jack are hell bent on finding her. At the same time, Priscilla, who is tired of shrugging off her ex-boyfriend Andrew, decides to visit Jaisalmer to be with Jack. Unaware of the situation at Jack’s hand, Priscilla lands in Jaisalmer and proves to be very helpful to Jack and Maya. Allen, Maya, Jack, Priscilla, and Vikram, together set on the search for Jennifer; not knowing that they are heading towards their own death. Will they survive? Will they ever be able to find Jennifer? Who is this soul residing inside Jennifer and why is she holding on to Jennifer’s body? These questions made my head spin as I turned each page of this suspense thriller with goosebumps and shrills down my spine.
There is a lot of scope for improvement when it comes to editing. That is the only thing which distracted me while reading the book.
Lokesh has brillinatly portrayed his thoughts through words. Horror / thriller is not very commonly chosen by debutantes unless they are very confident of their writing styles. Lokesh has done a great job with the manuscript. The flow of events and spilling the beans at the right time is of utmost importance for a suspense thriller and this book has that aspect taken care of. Descriptions have been made very vividly with simple vocabulary and plain English. I see a movie being made on this book.
A paranormal thriller which will make you jump to the edge of your seat (3.5/5)
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