- Author: Damyanti Biswas
- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster India (17 September 2019)
- Language: English
Blurb as on Goodreads
It’s a dark, smog-choked new Delhi winter. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious police commissioner Jatin Bhatt – an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives.
Jatin’s home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention to either husband or son. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not even the sister to whom he is deeply attached. Across the city, there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of control Anjali is horrifyingly at the center of it all …
In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the iceberg. Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover long-held secrets before it is too late.
Are we the same up above and beneath our skins? Do we gel well with our scars? Do we really know the ones we live with? Why do we entangle our exterior with our interior for the deception? Who are we, after all?
You beneath your skin by Damyanti Biswas is a brilliant story about the varied issues, related to family and society, interlaced together coming into full thronged action with a power-packed narrative. It is a story of Anjali Morgan, a mother of a special child, who is the victim of acid attack and how she copes with it. It is a story that describes the equations between different relations, different crimes against women plaguing the Indian society, and the one which we ought to have with our inner self. The author skillfully addresses the topics of rapes, acid attacks but she also broaches the subject of familial values. With the progress of the story, we do realize how deeply the filth is entrenched in our people who would go out of their ways to get away with the crimes they shamelessly commit. The book extends beyond Anjali and brings into focus the corruption spread in the system. It also makes way for various other crucial topics such as a loveless marriage, infidelity, fragile human relationships, friendships, betrayal, parental care, etc.
Although the start of the book was slow and it took me some time to get comfortable with the atmosphere as well as the pace, I enjoyed reading it, especially after the crime investigations picked up speed. I was immersed in the author’s approach towards framing and developing the narrative that never brings you out of the story. The characters felt real, mirroring the real humans, with their emotions and flaws. The thrilling and mysterious aspect of the story kept me on the edge. The climax didn’t exactly give me the closure but I am still glad to have read this book which worked out incredibly in terms of narration and theme.
For someone who enjoys reading thrilling stuff, you must pick this book up. I am pretty sure that none would be left disappointed after reading it.
MY RATING: 4/ 5
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