“It was very stupid but it was also very true. Mukti was in love with him and she didn’t even know his name.”
To introverted and socially withdrawn singer and songwriter Jamie, life has no meaning unless childhood love Sarah returns to him. Roaming through life without living it, shutting the world out, he has long since given up on a potential career in music.
It is only when he meets the unexpectedly inspirational Mukti, who instantly falls in love with him, that Jamie is lured out of the black hole he has banished himself to for years. Suddenly, his creativity knows no bounds and he feels torn – he has to see her, but what will she make of his tortured soul? Little does he know that Mukti has her own secrets and is just as troubled as he is. Her name translates as ‘freedom’ in her native tongue Bengali, but she is anything but free.
Torn between his unconditional love for Sarah, and his undeniable need for Mukti, Jamie’s life is in more chaos than ever before. And when his estranged mother Tanya becomes intent on sabotaging his relationship with Mukti, Jamie stands to lose the two women he cannot live without.
Set in contemporary London, ‘Chasing Pavements’ is a unique love story between two unique characters.
Now I wouldn’t put this book in the chick lit genre – I don’t know which it fits in. Maybe Romance but without the sloppy/mills and boon aspect you expect from a Romance Novel. Chasing Pavements is like one of a kind. I can’t believe that this is the author’s first book, the way it’s written is excellent. I was captured from the beginning of this story about Jamie and Mukti. In the beginning I hated Jamie, I thought he was a selfish arrogant arse. So selfish when he was hiding from Mukti – he was allowed to use her memory to get his “hit”. Where she religiously everyday goes to the spot where they first met hoping to see him again. But I suppose he got his comeuppance and I grew to love him towards the end. I loved how Neha dragged out Jamie’s and Mukti’s secrets.
My favourite bit would be the ending – as you probably know by now I like a book that finishes well. Especially if it’s a book I’ve enjoyed so much, you spend so much time with the characters, getting to know them, almost care for them and if I book doesn’t end well I feel a bit cheated and lost when I get to the end. But I loved the ending to Chasing Pavements. I won’t go on too much as I don’t like to have spoilers in my reviews; but everything got tied up nicely in my opinion.
I’m rating this book as a must read – Chasing Pavements isn’t published, but is available on iBooks and eBooks.