Thursday, May 18, 2017

Broken Shadows by Tarek Refaat | A Book Review

Broken Shadows by Tarek Refaat | A Book Review by iamnotabookworm!

I got this from the author through Goodreads a few months back but have only gotten to read this recently. This is a fast-paced story and I was done in one sitting. 

A guy left heartbroken and without any explanation. The girl came back and end up right on the guy's office for a job interview. Spell A-W-K-W-A-R-D. A romance in the middle of an Egyptian intrigue and espionage. Will these two live happily-ever-after?

What's unique about this story is the setting. This is set in Egypt. A land of great history and a cradle of civilization. I think it's an exotic place, rich with culture and tradition. It gives color and a rich backdrop for the story. 

The story is not so unique but it has a character of its own. I think the male protagonist Nadim, is defined by his being hung up on his last relationship. He can't seem to move on from the rejection. He needed closure and answers to the many questions that have been plaguing him. The reasons for Heidi for leaving Nadim made a very good twist to this supposedly love story. From the time Heidi reappeared in Nadim's life, the story takes a turn into a deadly chase where Nadim is caught in the middle.

It's actually a good story but there seems to be something missing. The pacing is very good and the fact that it can be finished in one go is a plus. I think I agree with one of the reviews that said "this would turn out a lot better after another phase of editing". I think the start was a bit forced. It seemed to not flow naturally. Nadim's character was not someone I would sympathize or empathize with. I think his character needed more depth or background so the readers will be able to connect with him. On the other hand, Heidi's character is easier to understand and like. There was enough information and background to go with that lead to her decisions.

I give this 3/5 playing cards. The story is good but it needs polishing. 

Thank you again, Tarek Refaat for the copy.

Freedom is not just about breaking away from everything and doing everything alone. Freedom is, to a great extent, trying to make the choices that suit you best so that you won't regret them.
- Tarek Refaat, Broken Shadows -