Book Review: ‘The Highway Man’ by J. Alchem 

Title: ‘The Highway Man’ 

Author: J. Alchem

Format: Kindle Edition


No. of Pages: 47 Pages

Quote from the book: 

“Life is not about missing what is gone but counting and cherishing what you have.”


The whole world is upside down. People are walking in the sky with the ground moving above their heads. And the reason is simple; a bestselling author is in love. But why the whole world is inverted? What’s so special about this love? Or worse?

A man throws his masculine brain and heart aside and fixes a feminine one there. And the reason is simple; he wants to live the life of his lover, for 24 hours. But why does he want to do that? What’s the need?

A man, neatly dressed in a suit, is playing with his bowler hat, on a highway at dawn. And the reason is simple; he needs a lift. But why does he need a lift? What’s his purpose?


‘The Highway Man’ is a beautiful short story written by J. Alchem. It’s a combination three short stories flawlessly woven with simple yet engaging writing style that is praiseworthy and use of extraordinary quotes in the stories are ‘Icing on the cake’. 

The first story ‘Catherine’ is about a schizophrenic author who has fallen so deeply in love with his own fictional female character and the events that follwed while taking the steps to bring him out of that. The second story ‘Sidzy; for a day’, being my favorite, is a romantic short story. The way author has expressed the emotions is mesmerizing that the reader will find it a good read. Last but not the least, the third story ‘The Highway Man’ is a good attempt by the author to spread the word about counting and cherishing on what one has rather than to drown oneself in grief, pain and sorrow. 

Overall, the book is not just a collection of three short stories but the collection of beautifully woven emotions that will keep the readers hooked up till the end. 

Cover: 5.0 / 5.0

Title: 4.5 / 5.0

Blurb: 4.5 / 5.0 

Plot: 4.0 / 5.0 

Story: 4.5 / 5.0 

Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 


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