The Diary on the Fifth floor by Raisha Lalwani

Blurb

A woman leaves her infant at home but finds her on a busy street in an unexpected turn of events.
Another woman wakes up in a flight hours later, befuddled, in the strangest circumstance.
A fascinating tale of a twenty-five-year-old woman that takes hold of us from the moment she enters the fifth floor of a hospital; more precisely, the psychiatric ward. Visibly terrified, she clutches at her clothbound diary, caught in the horns of a terrible dilemma—whether or not to hand over the diary to the doctor. She fears that she will be declared insane if her tangled web of thoughts unspooling in dark mysterious stories is read by the dissecting eye of a doctor.
What does this diary contain? As the novel progresses, we are drawn into characters and stories that are toe-curling, strange, and haunting in their raw intensity. What is the story of this woman? What secrets lie in the pages of her diary? And most importantly, what happens on the fifth floor?

My views

Raisha’s debut novel starts with the protagonist visiting a Psychiatrist, Dr. Berry. The protagonist Savannah, didnt want to doctor to know about her, so she claimed to be Sairah, Savannah’s sister.

But Dr. Berry was a very experienced person, she instantly came to know about Savannah pretending to be Sairah.

Savannah was very anxious before visiting the doctor, as she didnt like to smell of the hospital. Dr. Berry’s chamber was situated on the fifth floor of the hospital. Savannah gives Dr. Berry her diary which has various dark secret written about her.

Hence, the title is apt for the book.

The diary was filled with sorrow and pain, it depicted her mental health. We have to read the further story to know more about what is written in the diary.

Plus points about the book-

1. Very well written. The description about the characters is great.

2. Great narration and easy language.

3. Relatable.

Only thing which I didnt like was that the book became draggy at some parts.

Overall, a highly recommended book with great narration and an interesting plot.

4/5

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