"But then some things are just never meant to be."
'Only the good die young' by Akash Verma is a story about Anuradha who leaves her town to move on from her troubled relationship with Dhruv, when he makes an eternal choice and chooses his wife and family over his extra-marital affair. As soon as Anuradha is about to move on with her life by affirming herself a job, she finds her past crawling back to her, however much she contemplates running away from it. Dhruv is tethered to her fate somehow, and they bump into each other despite her attempt to flee from her past courtship days. They decide to remain as friends but life doesn't seem to be as smooth and candy-flavoured for them as people close to them starts getting hurt considerably.
Who is behind this masterplan? Who has such a distinct rivalry against these two? What is it that they have to pay? Does the past ever really leave one or does it haunt one forever?
The author weaves a mysterious plot with a thrill which keeps you hooked to the pages. The story is written in a journal form which peeks a hint at the characters' nature and personality. The characterisation is sketched deftly, in a shady perspective which gives the plot an altogether interesting viewpoint. To weave a story around an extra marital relation is challenging and the author very passionately carries out the said task. The emotional chemistry between the characters is exhilarating. A sequel to 'You never know', this story is one which you cannot put down easily, with the perfect pace and a gripping storyline. Engaging narration.