“Scaring people through just words on paper, like making them laugh, is not easy. It either works or does not. In the case of The Face At The Window it does, and there are some truly terrifying moments in the book. The sense of this leisurely, soporific life in a small hill town, the abruptness with which this tranquility is broken and the build-up is reminiscent, at times, of Ruskin Bond’s ghost stories. Manral’s descriptive prose brings this fictional world and those within it to life. This is true of the naive goatherd child Mrs McNally teaches in her free time and who is fiercely protective of her or the apparition, who greets her in the middle of the night, sitting and smiling eerily in her rocking chair.”
In the Hindustan Times today.