The Curse of Kali

Written by Audrey Blankenhagen
Review by Andrea Connell

The Curse of Kali is a story of passion and intrigue set in mid-nineteenth century India. In 1854, Dr. Helen Forsyth marries her childhood sweetheart, Gavin French, the British Resident to the court of a Muslim prince, and moves to India to start her new life. But her love for him is bedeviled by her suspicions of his relationship with an attractive Goanese woman, and a growing presentiment that something evil is overshadowing her family¹s life. This novel vividly illustrates the beauty and barbarity of British-occupied India. To the story’s detriment, though, it is weakened by too much telling of the story, rather than showing. The portrayal of Helen and Gavin as irritatingly perfect, from their appearance to their intellect, detracts from the reader’s compassion for their plight.