Plot: This storyline starts off slowly, but picks up pace as the emotional core of the central relationship unfolds. While most plot points are believable and well-placed in the story, one in particular seems to come late in the narrative and may end up adversely affecting readers’ investment in and enjoyment of the novel.
Prose/Style: The prose of this story is mostly dialogue. Distinct and realistic, it does an admirable job of relating the emotional trials and tribulations of the main characters as they struggle to grown both individually and as a couple. The inclusion of diverse characters with differing religions and languages is engaging and informative, while never seeming overbearing or preachy.
Originality: An intimate character piece, this novel explores the connection between two compelling characters whose emotional bond helps heal old wounds, while leading to a surprising ending.
Character Development: Complex and compelling, the two main characters jump off the page with fully-realized personalities. Their growing relationship with each other--the main narrative of the story--is well constructed and engages the reader from start to finish. The supporting characters are strong, as well.
Date Submitted: May 16, 2020
The Name of Red is a slow burn romance that will make your heart sing and add Kabir to the list of your book boyfriends.
Me: “The perfect man doesn’t exist.”
Kabir: “Hold my beer.”
I was around the 75% mark when I realised that I was essentially reading a Nicholas Sparks novel. Red, our heroine, and Kabir, our love interest, teasingly play a game of will-they-won’t-they? that, at times, will keep you at the edge of your seat, but, at other times, will frustrate you to no end because you just need to know. And when you find out, a spanner is thrown in the works that will have you glaring at your screen, but, ultimately, leave you bittersweet.