Author: Ruchi Kokcha
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Publication date: 15 May 2018
Book length: 244
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.
Avik, an investigative journalist is awaiting a breakthrough by covering the story behind Kalki Rajput’s mysterious death. Leaving behind the love of his life in the city of dreams, he sets off to Delhi in the hope of revamping his career. The only witness in Mrs. Rajput’s death is her daughter, Ananki who is being treated in a NGO for mentally challenged people. Avik seeks the help of Khyati, a psychology student who also happens to be his college friend. Avik gets hold of Ananki’s possessions – a mouth organ, a chequered scarf, a photo album, and a book of sonnets. The case gets murkier and Avik finds himself lost in a maze.
The cover is bright and lively, yet,the purple hue gives dark vibes.The narrative being third person, shifts between the POV’s of Avik, Ananki and at times, Khyati.The story was off to a slow start, but as some things fell into place, the pace picked up. The author shows her literary prowess in the narration. It was sprinkled with profound philosophical lines that will make you ponder over their truth. The characterisation of the male protagonist was done well. His character arc was well sketched. The reader is taken through a journey about his pursuit of dreams to the time where his obsession overpowers it. The book stands true to its name. Almost all the characters in the book were controlled by their obsession.
The sequence of hallucinations as experienced by Ananki was overdone and stretched to a great extent. Some of the events that unfolded didn’t make sense to me. There were minor loop holes that couldn’t be overlooked.
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