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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

'Ensnared' by Prashant wase- A fantastic horror-thriller!! (Rating: 4.4/5*)

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Hello friends, I am back with one more BookLysis. Guess the genre of the book I am going to review here. Guess… guess…! Don’t know? Okay, let me reveal the suspense. I am not good at keeping suspense anyway!  So, I am reviewing the novel ‘Ensnared’  by Prashant Wase. ‘Ensnared’ is the horror- thriller published by Authors Ink India. After The Pocket Love Story’by Ajitabha Bose, this is the second title by the publisher which I am going to review here. After reading ‘Khel–The Writings’ by Vishal Goswami,Ensnared by Prashant Wase is the second horror – thriller I am analyzing here-

Read my Review of Author’s Ink India’s another title:-


 About the Author:-

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Author Prashant Wase

Prashant Wase (born on 1st September 1985) is an aspiring Novelist from Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. His previous novel “It’s Complicated- An Uncommon love story of a common man” was published in 2013 by “Notion Press”, the book received very good response overall. Apart from writing, he is fond of watching thriller/horror movies. He has completed his higher education from Melbourne, Australia.

Buy It’s Complicated by Prashant Wase:  Amazon  |  Kindle  |  Flipkart |  Infebeam


Cover and Title:-

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Book Cover of Ensnared by Prashant Wase

The cover of Ensnared is very soft and smooth like gauze, if you finger on the cover, you feel like fingering on silk. Black background, black shadow, gray, blue and red color combination perfectly suits to the horror thriller. A shadow image of a witch girl in the mirror, a shadow image of an another witch on the front cover and a black cat on the back cover make readers understand all the themes of the novel. Ink Studio deserves full marks for perfect cover design. One word title ‘Ensnared’  seems interesting and relates to the genre and themes of the novel.

Language and writing style:- Author Prashant Wase uses very lucid language, which is really easy to comprehend each and every page of the novel. Hindi words are highlighted with the proper use of italic fonts. Author Prashant Wase uses the flashback technique and narrative style to scribble the story from protagonist Neil to listener Prashant himself. Author’s fast pace grows curiosity among readers for flipping pages and going through the climax.

Haunted Locations:-  The conversation between Prashant and Neil starts in London. The author takes us to Rajasthan trip when Neil shares his experience with wife Divya in Jaisalmer, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Jaigarh fort and City Palace in Rajasthan. The story of Ensnared runs through several cities like Lokhandwala (Mumbai), Pune, Kolhapur and Konkan in Maharashtra. The author beautifully portrays the background scene of Konkan, so readers feel like being on a Konkan tour. There are some glances of Maharashtra-Goa border and Gandhinagar (Gujarat) as well.

Themes:- The novel Ensnared by Prashant Wase covers various themes like friendship, love, betrayal, crime, superstition, invisible negative power, psychology, science, thrill, and horror.

Characterization:- Author Prashant Wase introduces each and every character pretty well. I figured out 13 characters in the first half and 24 characters in the second half. So I can count 37 characters in the novel. However, I have ignored some very minor characters. It seems that author has portrayed each and every character keeping a presence in mind. He correctly scribbles Bengali accent in the name of Bengali character Pronita.

A businessman Neil Mehta is the protagonist in the novel. He shares the story of past life’s strange happening around him and his wife Divya with his friend author Prashant Wase in the novel.

There are so many other characters in the novel, but if you want to meet them, you will have to be ensnared in their trap like me. HaHaHa! (This isn’t a smiley :) , this is witch’s laugh :evil: ).

Plot:- Ensnared’s plot is constructed into two halves (Part I and Part II) like a film script. Part I contains 14 short chapters scribbled in 49 pages meanwhile Part II contains 9 long chapters (compare to the part-I) in 68 pages. Like a Bollywood movie, both parts are separated with ‘INTERMISSION’ page which makes the book more interesting and somewhat unique.

Author Prashant Wase’s beginning of ‘Prologue’ reminds me the prologue of a national bestseller The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat where protagonist Govind asks an author to scribble his story in the next novel. However, I don’t intend here to compare both authors. Please don’t get my observation in a wrong way. The conversation between Prashant and Neil makes us believe that Neil’s story might be true.

The novel ‘Ensnared’ points out superstitions like Aghori Vidya (black magic) by Aghori Sadhus. The novel reveals the difference between Traditional-Tantra and Neo-Tantra“In Traditional Tantra the guru is the ultimate authority and is treated with utmost respect. In Neo-Tantra utmost importance is given to sex.” A character Ramlal explains Neo-Tantra“Neo-Tantra brings sex into the light, making the practitioner more sexually aware. It gives you the opportunity to expand your limits of pleasure, to try new positions and techniques, and to delve deeper into intimacy. It helps you to have better, fuller orgasm and deeper, more meaningful communication in the bedroom. By bettering the quality of your intimate relationships, you better yourself, your partner, and those around you. Not to mention, every aspect of your life is bound to benefit when you achieve a great sense of peace, balance, and harmony with the world.”

In the prologue, author sarcastically comments on the same negative news of politics, accidents, and corruption in newspapers. I would like to note a quote by Pronita, “People (with negative energy) don’t love anyone. They desire lust and sex and when they cannot achieve this on their own, they transfer their negative energy in doing wicked spells, curses or even black magic.” Protagonist Neil remarks the serious reality in India that how bribe stops legal procedures. Inspector Prabhakar’s assistant police Vijay ironically comments on the dark reality of average salaried policeman (any government servant’s) financial crisis, “An average salaried policeman doesn’t have enough money to save his wife from cancer. We are saviors for others, but we can’t save the people who belong to us.”      

Protagonist Neil warns readers that how the first attempt of smoke for fun turns into a bad habit, it means he indirectly message readers not to smoke. When Neil takes an appointment with a psychiatrist for his wife Divya, he indirectly appeals people not to ignore the abnormal behavior of their loved ones and to consult a psychiatrist for patient’s better mental health. I would like to mention the quote of tarot card reader Pronita here where she tells the importance of laughter therapy, “Laughter really is the best medicine because you can use it quite effectively against any type of curse. When you feel the effects of the curse around you, think of something funny and laugh. Focus entirely on a funny video or book and see how it makes you feel.”

I felt Goosebumps and thrill while reading brutality in chapter 13. The first part ends with a hint of something unexpected, unpredictable and more deadly incidents in Divya and Neil’s future life. Neil, Divya, and their friends experience after being trapped/ensnared by Chhalava in a jungle in the dead of the night really entertains me! Unpredictable climax thrills us with so many shocks when suspense gets reveals in an unpredictable way with more twists and turns.

Quote:- “We make unnecessary comparison with others and become sad. We don’t value what god has given us. This all leads to the vicious cycle of unhappiness. Learn to be happy in what you have instead of looking at what you don’t have. There will always be someone who will have more or less than you have. Person who is satisfied with what he/she has, is the happiest person in the world.”- Prashant Wase

Minor Drawbacks:-

  1. Typing Errors:-  Prashant is misprinted instead of Neil in the last paragraph on page no.2 but is was corrected by pen (in handwriting) in my review copy from the author. But your copy may have this error as it is. Neil is misspelled as Neal on page no. 46 and 47. A Comma is missing in the last line of page 51. Poorab’s character is spelled as Purab as well as Poorab, though both are correct; I think anyone spelling had to be continued because two different spellings confuse readers to think both are different characters with the same name. An author uses doctor’s abbreviation doc., I know it is correct but I believe that abbreviations should have been avoided in the piece of literature.
  2. Binding of the book could have been better because current binding seems cheap a bit.

 Blurb of Ensnared:-

Watch Official Trailer of Ensnared by Prashant wase

Neil and Divya are the perfect couple with a perfect life until they are not. They fall prey to strange happenings around them. It doesn’t just stop there; along with them, their family and friends experience the unspeakable. What is the secret behind their tragic fates? Will they survive this haunting?

Prepare to taste the dark side of Tantra and find out the answers for yourself. Feel the chill for yourself. Get ensnared.


Reviewer’s opinion:-

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Ensnared is the fantastic horror-thriller which shocks readers with non-stop twists, turns, thrills and suspense. The novel haunts readers and sometimes make them feel goosebumps with horror. As the protagonist, Neil says to Prashant, “To make a film we need a perfect script.” I would like to note that, “Without any doubt, this is indeed a readymade script of to be a blockbuster movie.” This book is a perfect entertainment piece for the lovers of horror. If you are interested in haunting yourself with entertainment, you must read Ensnared by Prashant Wase. I would rate this novel 4.4/5*.” 


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Disclaimer: 

  1. This is my personal opinion about the novel Ensnared by Prashant Wase and your views may be vary.
  2. Author Signed review copy of ‘Ensnared’ was sent to me by the author Prashant Wase.
  3. All the quotes are used in this review from the novel ‘Ensnared’ with the written permission of the author Prashant Wase on the behalf of the author himself and his publishers Authors’ Ink India, Reviewer doesn’t claim rights on any quotes used in this review from the novel.

  • Copyright © Rajesh D. Hajare (RDH)| Rajesh D. Hajare ‘RDH’ asserts the moral right to be identified as the author/reviewer of this book review/book analysis/BookLysis of Ensnared by Prashant Wase.

Get Ensnared

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Title: Ensnared

Author: Prashant Wase

Published by: Authors’ Ink Publications

Copyright: © Prashant Wase 2015

Edited by Jonali Karmakar for Trust Wordy Editing Works

Typeset by Nikhil in 11 pts Garamond

Format: Paperback (Printed and bound by DE UNIQUE, New Delhi, INDIA)

Cover Design: Ink Studio

Language: English

Genre: Fiction (Horror- Thriller)

ISBN: 978-93-85137-11-2

ASIN: B017Q9GDAS

Pages: 134 (excluding cover)

Price: Rs. 175/-

My rating: 4.4/5*

Review Typeset by Ankit Kumar

Reviewed by: ©Rajesh D. Hajare (RDH)


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29 comments:

  1. Awww!!! Such a nice review. It was indeed a very beautiful review for the lovely book. I’ve read ‘Ensnared’, and I can tell you, the amount of fear it has induced on me was enormous. I was not able to sleep. There were many characters; most of them left their mark. It was definitely one of my all time favorite horror-thriller novels. The review itself tells you what exactly the level of the book is. Ensnared deserves such type of reviews, hats off to such a marvelous illustrations, which wont allow anybody to keep down book even for a second. Hearty congratulations to Prashant Wase for delivering a masterpiece. I’ve heard that ‘Ensnared’ is soon going to be a movie, but I am not 100% sure whether its rumor or fact. But I tell you, if it ever made into a movie, I am sure that it will be a big blockbuster. I would like to recommend ‘Ensnared’ to everyone who loves horror genre. Even if you are a thriller fan, this book will not disappoint you.
    I would like to thank you Rajesh for such a lovely and detailed review.
    and would congratulate Prashant for his fantastic work!!! Keep the good work going...

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  2. Incredible, Awesome, Mind blowing…What a review Rajesh, I knew that a detailed review is coming, but never expected that you will highlight minute details too. I truly appreciate you for that. Definitely, this one was one of the best reviews I’ve ever got for Ensnared. Thank you from bottom of my heart …Cheers!!!!

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  3. Rajesh D Hajare RDH26 July 2016 at 20:15

    @Ankita,
    Thank you so much Ms. Ankita ji for your detailed comment about the book and my review.

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  4. Rajesh D Hajare RDH26 July 2016 at 20:17

    @Prashant,
    Welcome sir, I am really overwhelmed. I am glad that u liked my efforts

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  5. I feel scared of horror movies and have never read a horror book. But this one sounds interesting. Reviewed well as usual by Rajesh. Keep it up.. :)

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  6. I am not a horror fan.
    I read reviews about ensnared in different websites then decided to buy the book.. but man this one is one hell of a ride.. it keeps you glued to the book like in movies... I would recommend the readers to read it at one go if possible.
    Such authors should be supported ...
    thanks for the book review rdhsir

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  7. I liked the book review.. I dnt have much liking for horror thrillers..:)

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  8. The way you described each and every aspect of the book that too in detail shows your perfection in reviewing. I think this is the longest and most detailed review of Ensnared I’ve came across. Keep doing the good work.
    Ensnared has that captivating level, which never allows you to keep the book down. It has everything, which a perfect horror-thriller novel needs; the story will keep you restless till you complete it fully. If made into movie, it will be blockbuster for sure. I want to recommend it to every reader who adores horror thriller genre, it will be very good pick, you can mark me on that.

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  9. Very Good and detailed review...

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  10. I would like to keep “Ensnared” by Prashant Wase in the list of my top 5 horror thriller stories… The cover of the book tells itself how scary the inner side of the book gonna be. Especially, the mirror in the hand, where we can see the shadow image of the haunted girl, is really Trademark!!! But writing story by hearing directly from a friend or relative is a very common style or easy trend in horror stories. It impacts directly in the reader’s mind that the story is true or may be true, which is good. No issues. Here’s the style is- Neil is sharing his experience with the author. Okay. I read some articles and paper cuttings about past life experiences and supernatural activities of afterlife, and found some similarities quite interesting, though their prospects are quite different from this story. Once upon a time, Paranormal Activities were the subject of my personal interests and I’ve quite a handy collection of their proved documents. Though I must say that this book has the power of making even a strong hearted person into Goosebumps. I have some useful books about black magic and dark spells. But, I can see that the description of spell casting given here by the author is very much impressive. By the way, separating both halves of the book by Intermission like what we see in movies is really a unique feature of this book! This is a very good book to read. I would like to recommend this book personally for horror story lovers. Very well researched and perfect to the point review Sir. Hat’s off Sir. Your reviews are so fetching that I tend to go through them. Thank you Sir. Keep going..

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  11. Rajesh D Hajare RDH31 July 2016 at 22:44

    @Subhajit Das,
    Thanks for the comment sir, i am really surprized by your knowledge about each genre, doesn't matter whether you read a book or not.. but your commets make me cherish!!
    Thank you so much!!

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  12. I was going to different reviews of different horror books and I came across goodreads, where I found "Ensnared" an Indian horror thriller and then I find rdhsir's website where detailed review was given..
    I've just completed the book and would like to add some points...

    I would be keeping Ensnared on top in the Indian author's read. I am Stephen King's die hard fan and loves his books, but if it comes to Indian writing, I think ''Ensnared" has captivated me more than enough. I'll start from cover; it is spectacularly visualized and designed. A mirror in the hand and a haunted girl as a reflection which made me sure that I am reading this.
    I have an interest in reading horror, paranormal books, and tell you, the girl strong like me felt goosebumbs. Prashant Wase has matriculated in the art of visualizing and none the less he excels while describing the events. This is indeed a very good book to read. I would surely recommend it to all my book friends who adore horror genre.

    I would further thanks to rdhsir for giving such a wonderful detailed review of Ensnared, which help a horror addicted reader like me to read it asap...Thank You rdh sir..

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  13. Rajesh D Hajare RDH1 August 2016 at 20:59

    @Akanksha,
    Awww, so sweet (Horror book hai fir bhi horrible nahi bol sakta na!!!), Joke a part!!
    Thank you so much Akanksha ji!! I loved your detailed comment, I am glad that u liked my #BookLysis!!

    I would like you to stay with this blog by subscribing and keep commenting such wonderful feedbacks!!!

    Regards,
    RDH Sir!!

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  14. @ Akanksha: Thank you, for your lovely feedback. I am glad that you loved my work.Thank you once again.

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  15. Wow!!!, what a detailed review...fantastic work done...

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  16. Oh Wow, I've never come across such a detailed review for any book.And in case of Ensnared...It deserves such a long and detailed review.Well done rdh sir.

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  17. Its a very good review I guess for any author. Keep supporting the author and very well described. Best review so far.

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  18. Mr Rajesh. Labai gerai Review. Man tai patinka.

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  19. hello RDH SIR I am from indonesia nice to meet on your site

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  20. Its a very good review, where can I get the book from. I want to read it asap. I am in love with the review. I want it.

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  21. Thanks for your reply RDH sir, but I am living in Metz, France. The link does not have access here. I mean I am not able to order it here in France.

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    1. Hello @Victor Joseph,
      Sorry to know that. I can understand this. I just talked to Amazon.in customer care. The book is available in Paperback as well Ebook (Kindle) format on Amazon.in website. But unfortunately, You can't place an order being in France from Amazon.in. According to suggestion by Amazon India customer care you need to contact Amazon France customer care. There website is www.amazon.fr
      Simply check Toll free customer care no. of Amazon France. And Tell them the detailed concern that you want to buy an Indian book ENSNARED by PRASHANT WASE (Din't forget to share the book title and Author name. You can refer the ISBN No. and ASIN No. of the book (which is provided in my reviewed). Please tell them that book is available on Amazon.in but you are unable to purchase and you want to purchase. They will look into you request and they will arrange to available the book in France. Though, my personal suggestion is Do not ask for Paperback because that will be more costly for you. But they will make easily available the book in Kindle format for you. If you don't know how to read an Ebook (Kindle). Simply follow following steps. u will have to download AMAZON KINDLE APPLICATION from Google Playstore/Apple Store and install into your Android Smartphone/iPhone. (If you already have a Kindle Device then no need of doung this). This Android app is Free of Cost.
      Once you installed Kindle app. Simply register there by filling ur details. Now Buy the book in (Kindle format) from Amazon.fr
      Then book will be dowloaded and available into your Amazon Kindle app.
      I hope it will work.

      Thank you so much!!

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  22. Rajesh D Hajare RDH10 August 2016 at 11:34

    Hello @Victor Joseph,
    Sorry to know that. I can understand this. I just talked to Amazon.in customer care. The book is available in Paperback as well Ebook (Kindle) format on Amazon.in website. But unfortunately, You can't place an order being in France from Amazon.in. According to suggestion by Amazon India customer care you need to contact Amazon France customer care. There website is www.amazon.fr
    Simply check Toll free customer care no. of Amazon France. And Tell them the detailed concern that you want to buy an Indian book ENSNARED by PRASHANT WASE (Din't forget to share the book title and Author name. You can refer the ISBN No. and ASIN No. of the book (which is provided in my reviewed). Please tell them that book is available on Amazon.in but you are unable to purchase and you want to purchase. They will look into you request and they will arrange to available the book in France. Though, my personal suggestion is Do not ask for Paperback because that will be more costly for you. But they will make easily available the book in Kindle format for you. If you don't know how to read an Ebook (Kindle). Simply follow following steps. u will have to download AMAZON KINDLE APPLICATION from Google Playstore/Apple Store and install into your Android Smartphone/iPhone. (If you already have a Kindle Device then no need of doung this). This Android app is Free of Cost.
    Once you installed Kindle app. Simply register there by filling ur details. Now Buy the book in (Kindle format) from Amazon.fr
    Then book will be dowloaded and available into your Amazon Kindle app.
    I hope it will work.

    Thank you so much!!

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  23. Very Nice read indeed. After reading the review I was super excited, therefore I downloaded the kindle version and enjoyed it on my kindle. Every page was giving me goosebumbs...Awesome creativity with loads of hidden potential. Great work done by Prashant Wase.

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  24. Vey very good and detailed review...I enjoyed both the book and the review thoroughly. Highly recommend this special horror book to everyone..You will absolutely love it.

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  25. NIce and detailed review. I enjoyed both the review and the book. Recommend this classic horror thriller to everyone. Just go for it, you won't feel disappointed reading this one.

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  26. Kya baat hai, rdh sir. Bahut hi pyaara review aaapne diya hai is book ka. Waise to main jyaada books padhta nahi hu, par ye zaroor padhunga ku ki horror genre mera favr8 hai hamesha se hi.

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  27. Yes rdhsir, I have downloaded the kindle version from the link you've provided in your review. Thank You very much rdhsir.

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  28. Subhajit Das 31 July 2016 at 03:06 PM:

    I would like to keep “Ensnared” by Prashant Wase in the list of my top 5 horror thriller stories… The cover of the book tells itself how scary the inner side of the book gonna be. Especially, the mirror in the hand, where we can see the shadow image of the haunted girl, is really Trademark!!! But writing story by hearing directly from a friend or relative is a very common style or easy trend in horror stories. It impacts directly in the reader’s mind that the story is true or may be true, which is good. No issues. Here’s the style is- Neil is sharing his experience with the author. Okay. I read some articles and paper cuttings about past life experiences and supernatural activities of afterlife, and found some similarities quite interesting, though their prospects are quite different from this story. Once upon a time, Paranormal Activities were the subject of my personal interests and I’ve quite a handy collection of their proved documents. Though I must say that this book has the power of making even a strong hearted person into Goosebumps. I have some useful books about black magic and dark spells. But, I can see that the description of spell casting given here by the author is very much impressive. By the way, separating both halves of the book by Intermission like what we see in movies is really a unique feature of this book! This is a very good book to read. I would like to recommend this book personally for horror story lovers. Very well researched and perfect to the point review Sir. Hat’s off Sir. Your reviews are so fetching that I tend to go through them. Thank you Sir. Keep going..

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