Magic Square — by Salini Vineeth
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Amudha is a Ph.D. scholar, practically living in her research lab, leading an uneventful life. Amudha’s life takes an adventurous turn, when she finds a puzzle in an old Mathematics book. Surprisingly, the puzzle has nothing to do with Mathematics. Amudha embarks on a journey to solve the enigma. Every twist and turn in her journey is filled with suspense and surprises. The journey challenges and threatens Amudha. Whenever Amudha solves a part of the puzzle, a new one presents itself. Will Amudha solve the puzzle? How far does the rabbit hole go? What awaits her at the end of it? Will Amudha be the same person if she comes out of it? Read on Magic Square for answers.
My take on the book:
Amudha takes up research when she fails to clear job interviews during campus selections. While research is an excuse for Amudha to escape from her life and family, things takes a turn when she discovers an old book in a bookstore. Thus starts her search to find the long lost owner of the book and crack the puzzle. Does she succeeds ultimately in this quest and will this be a life changer or a routine failure for Amudha as always forms rest of the story.
This is a quick and short but fast read — starts with Amudha’s life as a student then to taking up research and while helping a friend solve some tough mathematics problems, Amudha coming across this old book and thus embarking on a mysterious journey. The puzzle gets complex as Amudha finds it very tough to find the missing pieces and hits a road block with each clue.
The language, backdrop and the initial suspense around the person Amudha starts out to search are gripping. The way Amudha goes from one clue to next and how the suspense unfolds is interesting. However, I personally felt the back story and the ultimate reveal were not as gripping as it was maintained till then. Also, it is difficult to relate to the reason why Amudha wants to crack this puzzle. It would have been a much better read if the back story lived upto the suspense built till then. However, it still makes for a good one time read.