I have read Paromita’s books Shamsuddin’s Grave and Grow Up Messy and loved them both. I started reading The Clockmaker with high expectations. And they were definitely met. What I love about Paromita’s writing is the details. She is not only able to give the details of a scene physically but also the emotional turmoils of the characters.
I am not a fan of paranormal or horror but took this one to read as a challenge. The book starts off slow and a bit disjointed as there are different times, different things happening. It took some time to get the hang of the book.
Ashish is the Clockmaker here who is unaware of the power of the clock he has which has been handed down to him by his forefathers. He keeps it in a drawer in his shop and forgets completely about it. He is going through some rough times on the financial front, health front and also personal front. Talk about sad days which makes him desperate to find the clock of his forefathers. He doesn’t know how the clock will help him, yet he feels it will. He accidentally discovers that he is able to manipulate TIME to change his destiny. Don’t we all wish we have a clock like that? But this is where Ashish gets greedy. He changes the watch mechanism so that he can time travel. He uses it to avoid or change one of the greatest tragedies in his life. But he is chased by the shadow of a man who repeatedly asks him to return to him his clock. Again, Ashish loses track of what is real, what is illusion or hallucination. The dread of knowledge of the future never lets him sleep in peace.
As a reader, we are forced to rush through the pages to know what happens next. And since, there is many twists and turns due to the repetition of time, it needs you to read without a lot of distraction. It is a good story with the stage set up for all the drama to work. Though the end is a bit tame. I would have loved to see Ashish try to do lot more things to avert the tragedy he knew would happen and create more thrilling moments.
I loved this Ghostrider meets Dr. Faustus story. It is a short read and can be done in a day. Have fun reading.