And the Roses Bled
Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
And the Roses Bled
What happens when the dead come back and can’t let go?
A catastrophe occurs in what was meant to be a fun-filled day for Nina and Alisha. Minutes ago, they were on the swings in the Rose Garden, and now, Alisha is standing alone, while the help runs frantically. Her sister, Nina, has disappeared, never to be found again.
But the bond between them withstands even death. Nina’s ghost circles the house. Is she here just to comfort her now lonely and distraught sister, or is she pointing the way to unravel the mystery of her disappearance? The questions remain unanswered . . . until six years later.
Another ghost is reaching out to Alisha from the beyond, a ghost only she can see, and she has no idea why.
Battling the horror, the blood, and the nightmares that follow her in this macabre turn of events, will Alisha be able to emerge from the whirlpool that the other side is trying to drown her in?
Mehak Daleh lives and works out of Chandigarh. She started working on ‘Roses’ on a cold December
day in 2012, giving in to an image of little girls walking to a graveyard which had been stuck in her head for months. This image became the centre around which the manuscript grew.
Mehak relishes dark folklore and mythology along with contemporary fiction. Her stories, born where the everyday meets the extraordinary, are usually set in the hills where she grew up, and where she developed a penchant for the mysterious and macabre.
And the Roses Bled is her debut novel, and she is currently working on her subsequent manuscripts.
Connect with Mehak on Instagram @mehakdaleh.
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Title: And the Roses Bled
Author: Mehak Daleh.
Genre: Horror, Thriller.
One Word Review: Spooky.
A lot of things happen in very few pages of And the Roses Bled.
It just left me yearning for more information about anything and everything. But the story kept moving forward and I just had to trust my unreliable narrator Alisha to tell us what happens next.
She tells it in a very uncohesive way. Sometimes she’s very detailed in her recollection of what happened in the past and sometimes she just couldn’t be bothered with the details.
But that’s okay.
Because she’ll tell it all, in her own way.
Highly recommended 👍👍👍