4.5 stars to the #WomanWhoSawFuture. I was so engrossed in the book from the beginning that is has been the fastest read of the past six months if not more. I did take time to review since I wanted to think it through. I took time to pick this book, I was not sure of the concept and how the author had handled it. I was however very surprised and happy to read this book. What a concept and I loved the way it was explored by the author.
The book has a few pages initially that are a bit slow and become like a teenage angst kind of read but I think the author wanted to really make an impact with the kind of transformation that Sapna goes through. The makeover from when she is unsure and scared to the haughty, mean diva who is ruling over people really is a contrast. Quite effective too, in making the reader realise the power she wields.
The main character is Sapna, a young college girl who comes to this power of seeing the future and saving those affected by it after a traumatic incident in her family. She takes time in embracing her ability. She is unsure, hesitant and a simple girl yet the power or the high that comes with the power is beyond her. The author, Amit ensured that as readers not only we understand the positive but the negative impact of her power as well. We know about her through others and her diary and it was almost like sneaking in and reading her inner thoughts. Her relations, her behaviour and her lifestyle made her from a simple girl to a goddess to a jealous woman and finally just fallible. What a journey!
The characters are all well etched and very realistic. Whether it was the parents or their relationship, it was explored beautifully. It was the sweetest aspect of the story. The parents with their mild nature and the middle-class sensibilities of Kalpana and Prakash made for such calm before the storm. Especially when compared to the mother in law, who I found rather distracted, mean and vague.
Kabir is instrumental in bringing her gift to fruition and making her the celebrity adored by millions. He could have been the man who keeps her safe, keeps her going yet #TheWomanWhoSawTheFuture could not save him, herself or safeguard her future. Emotions were their greatest enemy in this book. The author, Amit has explored the subtle layers of emotions skilfully in this book. The face of love, young love, pride, greed, jealousy, and revenge are explored and revealed. The impact of these on the characters, how they change and what all they are capable of doing is what I enjoyed reading the most in this book.
Aditya, the son who is instrumental in sharing her story has his own tale to tell and the author has hinted at it in the last chapters. I wonder what Amit has in store for Aditya and us next.
Sapna and her moods and mind, Kabir with his silver spoon, Aditya with his inquisitiveness and Kalpana with stories to share make for a well-balanced read. Different, surprising and almost real, The Woman Who Saw The Future is a page-turner.
The Woman Who Saw the Future
Sapna Vaid has lived with a unique power for a decade; a power that turned her from a timid, wide-eyed, college-going girl into the most influential and powerful Goddess on Earth. Sapna can see the future and saves thousands of people around the world every year through her record-breaking, popular show ‘Lucky People’. The show had given Sapna’s life a meaning and gives her the courage to sleep every night, where death and blood await her in her dreams.
Even though the world is at her feet, the power costs Sapna her personal life. Thousands of prayers that come her way every year are her only solace, her only reason to live.
When a blinding hatred leads to a desperate act of revenge, a single misuse of her great power triggers a reversal of her fortunes. Now she must decide the path she has to take to preserve her unique gift and her fame, even if it turns her into a murderer on the brink of insanity.