Yes, I am finally done with reading Sakshama Dhariwal’s second novel MAN OF HER MATCH after her first very very successful book ‘The Wedding Photographer’. Just like her first novel, I enjoyed reading her second book too, I liked it but in comparison to her first novel, I absolutely loved it. So on the personal front, that’s a drop of a 00.5 rating star for me.
Coming straight to the novel. Let’s start with the cover, what is with the author and cutting of the faces of the people on her book covers? (same with her first novel too) though the curve on the girls behind makes up for the loss of face view (I quite enjoyed that) but again comparing the girl on the cover of her first novel and this one, I liked the pic of the girl on the first one, if only Sakshama would have been kind enough to acknowledge her name like she did with this novel in the acknowledgements section. Wait!! at some level, they do look the same (if looked at closely)
I was thrilled to bits, when I heard that the author had her second book out fairly quickly after her first, expecting the same quirkiness in this book, which I guess at some level it did but maybe I didn’t quite latch on to. The story was well written, character portrayal was good, disappointed on the ‘Kuku’ and ‘Monty’ characters. Nevertheless, here like the previous novel, credit would have to go again to the strong female character (played by Nidhi) and more of a supporting cast in Vikram. There was an attempt to bring out some hilarity in the trio of the chauffeur, the cook n the Nepalese security guard (which didn’t really work), I thought that could have been avoided at certain places, though their introduction and their initial involvement in the story made it a good start to the novel.
In a nutshell, to put in in cricket terminology – It did not have the excitement of a T20 match but more like a 50 overs match where in you feel the team could have upped the run-rate a bit in the middle overs (more like the current team playing style of Team India under Virat Kohli’s captaincy) Good effort nevertheless Sakshama Dhariwal. Well done! Loved Nidhi as much as Rishi (the female character in her first book) though’ I’d say I’m tilting more towards Rishi right now.
To find the review of her previous book, click HERE