Book review: Clockmaker, The

How far would you go for some peace and stability in your life if you have a family heirloom that has a life changing magical power to it? Would you choose to take the risk for the betterment or will gamble with the known problems of your life? The protagonist of The Clockmaker faces the same questions. Find out how it turned out for him!


About the book

Book Name: The Clockmaker

Author: Paromita Goswami

Genre: Fiction – Paranormal

Characters: Ashish, Latha and Vikram Gupta, Bauji.

Setting: Delhi, India

Disclaimer: I received the copy for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. And it has not changed my opinion on the book any manner. 

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The plot

Ashish is a passionate clockmaker who runs his family legacy business. His not so happy family consists his financially demanding wife and a son who has no interest in his business. He finds a family heirloom that has magical capabilities and a history of its own. 

With his wife trying to impress her arch rival Rashmi and his son falling in love with a girl who is not interested in him, he is now having trouble sleeping due to recurrent nightmares and hallucinations. He is not sure if he should use the clock’s powers for his selfishness or continue suffering.

How his decision affects his family and its legacy forms the rest of the story in The Clockmaker. 

My initial thoughts

Though it has some supernatural themes, for me The Clockmaker was essentially a family drama. I was thoroughly intrigued by the premise and the prologue was bang on. I enjoyed reading the familial issues and the differences in the attitude of each character towards those issues. 

My problem was with the execution of the plot and the lack of uniformity in the pacing. For a horror novel, it felt kinda dragging and not suspenseful. 

Things that worked for me

  • I liked the family drama part more than the horror element.
  • The intriguing premise and the prologue deserves a mention.
  • The simple narrative style might work for most of the readers.

Things that didn’t work for me

  • The pace was not uniform and it disturbed the flow of the plot.
  • If you picked the book for want of supernatural stuff, you might be left wanting. 


If you wanna read a Bollywood style family drama, with a bit of supernatural elements, The Clockmaker might be a good fit for you. 

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  1. Whispering Stories

    I haven’t read any paranormal for a while (Children’s books not included) It looks good, pity it didn’t work for you.

  2. Gemma

    It’s a shame this didn’t quite live up to your expectations. Thanks for sharing your review.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

    • Gayathri

      I totally agree!

    • Gayathri

      Thank you

  3. Amanda McGill

    Great review! I think I would of felt the same way as you, like the family drama over the supernatural elements.

  4. Robin Taylor

    Nice, honest review.

  5. Mandi Schneck

    Never heard of this one! I like legitimately scary horror though, so I’d probably pass!

  6. DJ Sakata

    What is horror without suspense?

  7. Ashley Jayne

    lovely review

  8. Bianca

    Great review! I don’t think this is for me though.

  9. Kathy West

    Looks like an interesting story.

  10. Daniela Ark

    An uneven pace is one of the things that make me DNF! Especially if it affects the plot!

  11. Laura Thomas

    I enjoyed your review but have a feeling this isn’t a book for me. I’d probably have problems with some of the things you mentioned. I’d be expecting something different from what the story really is.

  12. Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

    I mean, if you want to read horror, it should have horror and be super suspenseful. It sucks that the book lacks in that aspect. Great review!

    • Gayathri

      I feel the same too!

  13. Kymber Hawke

    I like supernatural books a lot, but I might skip this one. This is a really good review.



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Gayathri has been reviewing books since 2010. When she is not reading books or creating online content, she works as a writer and a digital marketer. Head over to meet me!