KHEL – The Writings


TITLE : Khel
AUTHOR : Vishal Goswami
PUBLISHER: Frog Books ( An imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.)
GENRE : Fiction (Suspense, Horror)




“The abandoned Haveli in Brahmdev, a hill station near Mumbai, is known amongst the local population to be haunted. People keep away from it. A group of youngsters decide to explore it and what follows is a horrifying reality they do not live to relate. Sanya Sharma is an investigative journalist, with a shattered life and a grieving past. Having lost her husband and little daughter within a span of six months, her once perfect life is a distant dream. Depressed, unable to concentrate on work and barely paying attention to her ten-year-old son, she takes help in alcohol and regular visits to her psychiatrist. Her last chance at redemption in a case of mysterious deaths on small hill station. What follows is a series of mysterious, eerie and horrifying events that Sanya cannot understand and finally with the help of a local police inspector turned friend, it draws upon her that the Hannted Haveli is not just small town hocus-pocus but a reality that had turned on her. The evil that she encounters slowly affects everything around her and she knows that it will finally consume her. But why? What were the deep, dark secrets of the Haveli’s past? What was the Nawab family’s past? Who is the old woman haunting her? What are the cards and what is the card game? How is such a horrifying situation merely a game and how is she to play it? Why do the writings on the cards come true and people die? She has to find a way to save herself and her son from the evil and the game of cards that makes everything come true. People around her are dying one by one making her wonder why she is spared. Will she play the final KHEL – The Writings – or will it be the evil that will end the game?


Plot: Interesting and intriguing. Though the book belongs to the horror genre, there was nothing that I’d say came across as extremely gruesome or revolting and that I believe made it interesting. The author keeps the reader wondering what the climax will be and when it does come do you get a definite ending? Well I felt it to be loose and hence open to the reader to interpret and reach a conclusion on his own. Now this may seem abrupt and incomplete to the one who likes closed endings, but for me it worked fine.

Characterization: Well-developed.

Language: Simple and lucid. Yes there are a few typos that need to be looked into.

Pace : Fast paced. It’s perfect for a book of this genre.

Editing: Needs to be tightened.


An short and interesting read. I’ll give this 3 on a scale of 5.






An MBA- Finance graduate from Boston, U.S.A., Vishal’s hobbies are reading and writing. Stalk him on twitter @WritetoFite


A copy of the book was provided to me by Author ParadiseAuthor Paradise in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


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