Until Love Sets Us Apart, by Aditya Nighhot, 2018

Title: Until Love Sets Us Apart

Author: Aditya Nighhot

Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Paperback

Language: English

No. of pages: 232

Synopsis:

Aisha and Rohit are like chalk and cheese. While Rohit is completely aimless and imperfect, Aisha is focused and a perfectionist. Just two opposites. But don’t they say opposites attract?
He loves her . . . She loves him. Their wedding is on the cards but their love is put to the test when an unforeseen incident hits their lives. 
Can loving somebody immensely set you apart?
Can everything just change in the blink of an eye?
Inspired from real-life incidents, this ‘Best Romance Book of the Year’ award winning novel is a heart-wrenching tale of true love, friendship and destiny. And a young author’s quest to find out what exactly happened . . .

My review:

Until Love Sets Us Apart is a contemporary romance book with various shades of true love, friendship, destiny as well as darker shades of harassment, murders, rape etc.

While the book really begins on a light note – with a new life in a new college, it soon moves forward to more grisly situations. The author uses the flashback method to tell the journey and it provides an enrapturing story.

The cruel twist at the end really shocks the readers. It really explains why the story begins as it did with the just as cruel murders. While the author clearly states that he does not condone taking the law unto one’s hands, we cannot deny that there are many who do so. Again, there are many who would support this kind of thing and many others too who will not. Well, each to his own – but I believe that taking up the legal actions especially when one is not qualified to do so, is not justified.

The issue of rape is another significant theme in the novel and the way the author includes it in the story is heart-wrenching. Nonetheless, this sad and terrible thing is something quite common in our society despite the various measures taken up to stop it. I applaud the author for wrenching away the readers’ la vie en rose attitude and thus replacing the rose colored glasses with real ones that throw light on the much more darker and grim situations in life.

The plot is well planned out; the characters are also well rounded. However, what really challenged my reading is that I could predict what would happen and that, unfortunately dampened my reading experience.

Verdict:

It was an enjoyable and a book with depth. I rate it a 3/5 stars.

About the author:

Aditya Nighhot is pursuing his MBBS degree from a renowned college in Pune. He is a professional photographer, an avid reader and fond of music. As a twenty-year-old student, he feels that he can connect to the emotions of the youth and express this through his books. With social messages being the crux of his books, his writing has proved to be a boon to his audience; as a result, he has been interviewed by various radio stations. 
Aditya’s debut novel U n Me . . . It’s Complicated!!! was originally written as a hobby with limited copies printed for friends, family and a few readers. But the positive reviews he received encouraged him to write another novel. His book Until Love Sets Us Apart, previously titled In the Blink of an Eye, won the “Best Romance Book of the Year” Award and has inspired him to write more. He is currently working on his next novel.
Aditya enjoys interacting with his readers via his book and social media and always responds promptly. Connect with him on social media. 

About the reviewer:

Nayanika Saikia, is one of the foremost book reviewers from the North-east and Assam, and is also an admin for the official India bookstagram page on Instagram. She publishes her own reviews and recommendations for poetry, fiction, non-fiction etc. on her bookstagram account @pretty_little_bibliophile which won the NorthEast Creator Awards 2018, as well as in daily newspapers, online magazines etc.  She can be contacted at nayanikasaikia98@gmail.com .

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