Book Review: The Contract

Jaibala/ March 3, 2015/ Book Reviews, Reviews/ 0 comments

The Contract by Zeenat Mahal is a pure masala Romance set in Pakistan. It has all the elements necessary to make a commercially successful movie.


Ebook, PDF/ePub, 108 pages

Published June 12th 2013 by Indireads

ISBN: 1927826152 (ISBN13: 9781927826157)

Edition language: English



PLOT: The plot is not very complicated. Shahira, a divorcee and a single mother, has decided to let go of her past and move on. The only male she cares for and wants to be attached to is her son. That is until Hussian, who is equally disillusioned by marriage walks into her life with a contract marriage that seems win win for both. Initially both play by the rules of the contract until everything changes one day. Will the both rethink their perspectives of life in general and marriage in particular?


CHARACTERS: Shahira and Hussian are the two characters on whose shoulders the book rests. They are the ones with the potential to make or break the book. Zeenat has written them so well, that you begin to laugh and cry along with them. Ammi and Nusarat lend the required support to the story.


WHAT I LIKED: This is an out and out masala entertainer set in Pakistan and it has everything a new age romantic novel should have, forbidden love, jealous ex, and a champion of the relationship between the protagonists. The cover is so business like, just like the contract signed between Shahira and Hussian.


WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: The pace of the book is just right, but seems to be abruptly ended. The relationship between the main characters is developed very well, but taken to its culmination too soon. Towards the last half the pace of the novel moves so fast that, the writing gets a bit slackened and takes a tough beating.


RATING: An interesting story with a really interesting concept, the book is an enjoyable read especially for romance lovers. I rate the book 3 on 5.


The book has been given to me for review by Indireads as a part of their review program. No payment was taken, and my opinions are honest and unbiased.


About Jaibala

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