Fiction - Inspirational
294 Pages
Reviewed on 02/04/2019
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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

Different by Datta Groover is, well…different. It is a great story on a lot of levels that clicked with me. The writing is so good that you don’t notice it at all and that’s rare for me. I am a writer myself, so I’m always making notes on style, mistakes, omissions, things that I would do better etc. But to my surprise and delight, that never happened with Different. I found myself immersed from the first word and, again, I want to let you know that this is delightful and that I felt thankful to the writer for this experience before I had even finished three chapters. Different is the kind of story that I feel is very much needed by modern man. A tale that is firmly planted in the reality of modern life and shows the characters persevering, coping, and loving their way through it successfully. I hope Datta Groover writes a lot of books. I hope this because the world needs stories like this. I need stories like this.

As you might guess from the preceding paragraph, the writing was perfect in my humble opinion. It has been a while since I could so completely immerse myself into a story so seamlessly. And what a story it is. I want to tell you about it so much. But on the other hand, I don’t want to spoil it in any way for you. This is a journey of discovery that you will want to make without any expectations except that it will be a wonderful experience, and trust me, it will be. The characters are great. They are real people, here in our real world, facing real problems, and they are lovable and likable. The plot fits the scenario perfectly. Datta Groover is a master of weaving all the elements of a story into a modern masterpiece.

Louanne Piccolo

Frank MacBride is a family man. He does his best to provide for and protect those he loves. When his past catches up with him, he has to make the choice between running from it or facing up to it. Unfortunately for Frank, life is anything but easy at a time when the wrong decision could cost him and his family their lives; his marriage is going through a rough patch and his young son begins disappearing at nights. Where does Sam go and what does he do when he should be safely asleep in bed? Does Sam's inability to speak point to something more mysterious than Frank and his wife Sofia are capable of understanding? Different by Datta Groover takes a speculative look at the complexity of human relationships and the philosophical concept of the afterlife.

Different is one of those novels that are difficult to put down, and whose characters are painful to say good bye to. The combination of suspense and the emotions of anger and affection inspired in me by the characters made me want the book to go on indefinitely. There was nothing I didn't enjoy in this well-edited and fast-paced novel. Both Sofia's and Frank's characters are flawed but loving, their children are engaging, and the story line is not only believable, but also intriguing. The element of human interest and themes of betrayal, injustice and spiritualism make Different relatable to readers from all walks of life. Datta Groover makes the mystery of Sam's condition keep you guessing until the very end, and what a beautiful ending it is!

Lesley Jones

In Different by Datta Groover, Frank and Sofia MacBride’s relationship is hanging on by a thread. Both have unresolved issues from their pasts, which are further complicated by their young son, Sam, who has been diagnosed with autism. When Frank’s past threatens the safety of his family, he moves them to another town, which results in a different set of problems. Frank's choices now leave him no option but to lead a double life. Meanwhile, Sofia is left to deal with Sam’s increasingly strange behaviour and make peace with the ghosts from her childhood. The MacBride’s relationship is about to be put to the ultimate test as dark secrets are revealed and the truth behind Sam’s condition is discovered, which will astound them all.

Different by Datta Groover is a perfect example of storytelling. The author has created not only a superb plot but intricate details for each character that brought them to life. I became enmeshed in the complex lives of the MacBride family and wanted to see them survive as a family. The subplots were as engaging as the main plot, with an equal measure of conflict, tension and curve balls. I loved the spiritual aspect of the story and how it tackled life’s big questions about who we are and why we are here. This book is much more than a well-written novel; it will make you ponder your own life mission. The characters and story are so vivid and memorable and will remain with you long after the last page is read. If you love a novel that digs deep into your soul and makes you think about the world and spirituality, then this book has it all. Highly recommended.