Book Review: This Nightmare Is For Real

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What do you have to look forward to in life when you are 72? Not much, one would assume. But not Walter Salvadore Pereira, a resident of Hiranandani Estate, Thane.

Walter Salvadore Pereira has, at the age of 72, published his first book, This Nightmare Is For Real. Walter has always been passionate about reading and writing and it has been his deepest desire to, one day, author a book. But as they say, life came in the way. It was his grand-daughter, Riya, who awakened his dream with her insisting that grandpa should tell her new stories. And along with the stories that he created for Riya, he also wrote, This Nightmare Is for Real, an easy-to-read thriller.

The story: The hero, (or should I say the superhero?), Dr. Shivendra Sharma, a world-renowned molecular biologist, has invented a serum which gives him superpowers. Naturally, the entire underworld is out to get the secret serum.

Dr. Shivendra is being forced to choose between keeping his secret and saving the lives of those dear to him. As events unfurl, the reader is kept in suspense about what he will do next. Will love win or will responsibility?

What I liked: It is a quick-paced book which keeps you wanting to know what happens next. Walter’s English is extremely good and makes for easy reading. The story takes place in India, so it is easy to relate to places and events.

Who will like the book: This book is ideal for youth and young adults alike who would like a quick read that is not too heavy on jargon. It is also an excellent book for those starting out on the journey of reading English books.

What could have been better: Walter has the promise of becoming better as we see more of his work. As I read the book, I wanted to know the characters a bit more. Also, the Hindi dialogues written in English could have been better.

Overall: A pretty interesting book. Well written for a first novel. It will keep you wanting to turn the pages to get to the end.

Sunita Saldhana

Sunita Saldhana

Sunita Saldhana is a writer and a trainer. She has been writing for more than 35 years now. At 'The Know & Grow Learning Centre', she conducts creative writing workshops and courses as well as works with kids and adults on their life skills. She enjoys working with kids with special needs and empowering them with skills to overcome their hurdles and to reach their full potential. Right now she is working on publishing a book of her poems.

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