ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE BY ARVIND PARASHAR-REVIEW
The final part of Messed Up! trilogy is sure to create a buzz among the readers. Neil and Gauri have won so many hearts that everyone would be curious to know what happens next.
The blurb has helped in piquing the curiosity to another level. “Read on to discover the life and times of Neil and Gauri and the deepened mystery in this yet another romance thriller – All You Need is Love.”
Neil and Gauri set out to the site of their new venture. On the way, they take selfies that they send to their daughter but an unexpected attack makes their world upside down. Both of them go absconding and their friends are hell-bent on finding the mystery behind the incident. Though the third book in the trilogy, the author has tried his best to give a glimpse of their past so that the readers would be able to read it as a standalone book but to fully comprehend the scenario, it is advisable to read the prequels. If approached as a standalone, readers would not be able to easily understand which character is there in the past and which is new. Especially Racheal’s character. Initially, since it is introduced along with Arya’s character gives an impression that it is a past story but further the switch between the present and the past gives the picture. By then the readers would be immersed in the mystery and least interested in Neil’s past.
If you love the quintessential Bollywood love story with too good to be true pure romance, you will love this.
The cliche of a multi-millionaire protagonist who attracts women like honey attracts bees is an overworked scenario and hence monotonous. How a woman is degraded in the whole book by going after the hero telling “f**k me” is sleazy and repugnant. The cover picture is that of a couple with a kid but no space is allotted to their daughter in the book except for the mentions here and there and also the childbirth scenario. The repeated mention of the brands and the deliberate attempt to portray the protagonist’s connections with Ambanis and other celebrities could have been avoided.
The author has successfully weaved the mystery part and succeeded to a great extent in conveying it with conviction. A rework of the climax could have improved the book.