Top critical review
Impressive, engaging, but could be better
Reviewed in India on 5 December 2020
Dark White is one of the most engaging crime thriller novels I have read this year. Nowadays, most thrillers have a psychological angle added to the plot, which of course contribute to the suspense unleashed in the novel. But, how often do you actually come across contemporary thrillers which have people obsessed with power? This is what Dark White goes on to explore, and it does it brilliantly.
The first thing I observed while reading Dark White was that it is not merely a crime story where people aspiring for power and glory fall prey to a killing spree. Dark White questions you, the reader, about your own ideas and beliefs pertaining to the terms ‘good’ and ‘evil’. Peppered with the concept of Karma, Dark White goes on to show with every turn of the page how you cannot view a character in a single shade. People are neither good and pure as what white stands for, nor pure evil which is symbolized by black. We all have within us various shades of white, black, and what comes between the two. In fact, the very title of the book is a paradox itself – when has white ever been dark, except for people who embody the same?
However, as much as I would like to shower more praises on the book, there was one thing that remained like a pebble in my shoe – the language. If you have watched and read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, you would have noticed how Flynn uses language to construct the corresponding scene within our mind as well as on the silver screen. Language, in Gone Girl, dictates movement and the flow of knowledge in the novel. In fact, the reader has to hang on to the writer’s words to know what happens next. This is how thrillers work. The language sits in the front seat, while the plot rides pillion. Unfortunately, Dark White is devoid of any remarkable use of language, syntax and vocabulary. For a well-developed story with a proper structure and an impressive cast, I believe that a better language would have definitely made Dark White a five-star read for sure!
I convey my best wishes to the author for her future endeavours.