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Dark Blossom    by Neel Mullick order for
Dark Blossom
by Neel Mullick
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Rupa, 2019 (2019)
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*   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

A psychologist, her daughter and her client are thrown together in this story. The client has suffered a tragic family loss and has come to the psychologist for assistance. The daughter, a senior in high school, is just trying to figure out who she is after her parents' divorce and a tragedy of her own. The psychologist tries to cope with all of this.

We follow along through the psychologist's awakening sense of what is going on. Brief chapters bring out insights, but nothing prepares the reader for the surprise ending.

Personally, I felt cheated in several ways. First, the plot really did not cohere for me, even though the events were tightly interwoven. Also, the ending belied what came before, which makes everything very suspect, where before all seemed to be clear. Second, the characters were so manipulated for reasons of the plot that they came across as very superficial. Perhaps this was due to the brevity of the story.

If the author wants to give us 'a glimpse of what lies under the surface of 'apparently' normal people,' then the glimpse turns out to be too brief to be effective for me.

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