Author: Monika Bhatkhande
Publisher: Reado Junior
Monika Bhatkhande’s “In the Woof of Time” is an excellent book for teenagers, as it tells an enthralling story of friendship and adventure.
Sam and his friends are upset as it was the last meeting of their Book Club. It’s about to end as Miss Priya is leaving. Kids are trying to find a way for their book club. Little did they know, they are going to be caught up in their own mystery.
An odd incident in their society. Sam is saved by a strange dog from some goons, but soon after, the dog goes missing, and Sam becomes the prime suspect. Meanwhile, many other mysterious events are happening simultaneously, and the group decides to take the case into their own hands to find clues related to the case. The case gets complicated as they delve deeper until they have a new member. Someone overheard their conversations and decides to help them. It was none other than their favourite author who writes mysteries.
Right from the start, I was glued to the story, the way it started made it exciting and mysterious at the same time. With a compelling plot and crisp descriptive narrative, Monika takes readers on a roller-coaster ride filled with lots of drama and cute illustrations. With Sam and his friends, we find ourselves in the mystery trying to figure out what can happen next.
Monika keeps the readers on their toes with many questions and curiosity about how the friends are going to solve the case and the restrictions they had because of the strange things going on in society. I liked the efforts each of them took and the way they joined the dots.
Monika’s writing style is engrossing and the way she shapes the plot is mind-blowing. With each chapter, the story gets more intense as we join the missing pieces of the puzzle. Each of the characters is well-crafted, and Monika gives them unique personalities that add to the overall charm of the book. One could relate to Sam’s situation, Rohan’s anxiety and Mr Lekhak’s contributions. What I liked is how each of them was trying their own ways to help Sam.
I liked how Sam cleverly figured out the situation while we understand Rohan’s intentions, we see how Sam regrets not talking to his friend, we see how we quickly come to conclusions and later regret the same. Towards the end, the climax was intriguing and unexpected, which made it a more exciting read. It’s a fast-paced read with a smooth flow of words.
In the Woof of Time is a well-written and captivating book that will be enjoyed by teenagers who love mysteries, adventures and laughter. The way the master solves the case is interesting to see.
Not only teens but adults are going to enjoy this one. It’s a light, brilliant read over the coffee.
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