‘Daredevil Dreams’ is a lot of things, but it is not subtle- it is essentially a children’s book that takes the trouble not to insult the intelligence of children.
It is an attempt to bond cosmic horror with supernatural activity.
We begin with 10 year old Arjun, who confronts a ghost and this ghost takes him to various crime in the city. Eventually, Arjun grabs lots of attention as he help police to solve the mysterious cases. But, when Arjun reveals about the ghost to everyone his life turns upside down as no one believes him and he has violates the ghost spoken words.
The book is lots of thing. But, the whole is less than the sum of its part. The pace slackens, the ghost and boy rap begins to drag and there are far too many threads hanging – a 10 year facing abuse and his challenge to solve-the-mysterious-case, overload with some weepiness. The idea isn’t new and the story is quite predictable. The narrative is simplistic, naive and feels drag. And yet I recommend that you read this book- because it is also heartfelt, genuinely moving and for the first half atleast slyly scary.
Finally, it was neither funny nor serious enough; neither fully ghostly nor ghastly, but somewhere in between.
Ratings : 3/5