A conversation turned into a review. That’s what I and my dear friend and fellow blogger Deepak @EmptyHouseOfLiterature have done here. I hope you enjoy the review as much as we enjoyed discussing the book.
Investigative journalist Avik has finally found the one case that could bring him glory. Or death. As the mystery behind millionaire Kalki Rajput’s murder grows thicker, Avik is forced to risk it all to bring out the truth that has eluded many before him. If only he could uncover what the victim’s daughter had witnessed. Of course, that would mean diving into the depths of her madness. He had thought he could resurface with the truth. Now he will count himself lucky if he makes it out alive. And sane.
Reasons we picked this book:
M: The cover is definitely intriguing and manages to capture my attention. The blurb sounds
like it’s about to offer us a story of an obsession that is maddening and violent. There is
definitely a hint of a lot of drama and hidden secrets.
D: Exactly! Even the title is eye-catching. Now that I have read the book, I want to say that the book is flawless from the outer appearance i.e. the blurb and the cover.
M: Yes. It gives the illusion that there is so much waiting to happen.
Reality vs Wants:
D: As I said that it seemed like a great book from the outside but I was actually disappointed by the story. For me, the writing style didn’t work. The transitions (from character’s voice to scene description) weren’t smooth. Despite that, I was very interested to finish the book. So, that made me believe in the great potential of the plot.
M: I think the reason I felt the urge to finish the book was because it was easy to connect to Ananki rather than the protagonist. I empathized more with her and therefore, I looked for more of her in the story rather than the protagonist. But I feel there could have been more drama, which was lacking because of the protagonist’s character.
D: That’s true. I also couldn’t understand the protagonist. Probably because the book has a lot of cliches and most of the characters don’t have a lot of depth. I wanted to read more about Priyanka and Radha.
M: Yeah those characters were not explored. I also wanted to see a bit of journalism stuff but all we got was a lot of thinking and philosophy.
D: I found all that philosophy talk very pretentious. They were more like self-doubt sessions than actual philosophy. It would have been great to read Ananki’s poetry. That would have definitely worked for me.
M: The last poem was definitely very impressive. Another fact that I hated was, the narration shifted between characters so randomly. Like, all of a sudden we are told about how Khyati is responding. When Avik is the protagonist, he isn’t supposed to know all that.
D: Totally agree on that.
M: Okay. So I think if we skip Avik’s blabbering and sexual urges, it was a decent book. I particularly liked the ending because it was kept realistic. We weren’t fed some fairy tale Romance. Also, a lot of tiny changes could have worked wonders. According to the Indian standards, the book was definitely something.
D: Do you mean that the readership of this book would be limited to Indians?
M: Yes. Exactly. Because the book promises a sort of psychological thriller and is nothing close to it. So the book will certainly be disappointing. Plus we have a clingy protagonist. In a world where books like ‘The Vegetarian’ exist, this book will surely be unacceptable
D: In that context, I would like to add that this book would work for new readers who are above 18 years for two reasons. First, it has the power to hold the reader for a long time and second, it is an easy read (though there are a few things which a person might not know).
M: Agreed. For someone who is expecting something different, this will be a disappointment. Albeit, the book is definitely a positive step when it comes to thrillers written in India. With very few plot holes, the underlying story does manage to keep us hooked.
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Mridula’s Rating: 3/5
Deepak’s Rating: 2.8/5
Average Rating: 2.9/5
Disclaimer: I would like to thank HarperCollins India for the copy. These are mine and Deepaks personal thoughts about the book.