- Author: Marina Kaye
- Print Length: 190 pages
- Language: English
The Black Veil of Deceit by Marina Kaye is an autobiographical account of the author who lays bare the darkest aspects of her life in the hope of helping women around the world. Sophie, the protagonist, is brought up by extremely protective but loving parents. Abiding by the Egyptian tradition, she ends up in an arranged marriage that eventually leaves her abandoned with three children. Sophie desired freedom, she wanted love, and the love she gets one evening. Eyes were locked, she could feel butterflies in the stomach but she couldn’t have anticipated what was to come thereafter.
This book chronicles Sophie’s life as she navigates her way through her toxic relationship with her parents and then with her second husband, Mustafa. The plus point is that writing is engaging. I really wanted to read it, page after page, to find what would happen next. There was darkness everywhere and I wanted to know if there’d a way out.
The book explicitly talks about sexual assault, violence, disturbing relationships, and black magic. It takes us from Egypt to Tunisia and throws light on the culture of the latter, where men treat their wives atrociously. It is a book that would open your eyes to the deceit, that might even disgust you and make you throw up.
It is one of the darkest books I have read recently. In fact, I do not remember the last book I read that was as insane as this. The book portrays the toxic relationship in its truest sense. It paints the grim and horrifying image of how blinded one could be in love that would result in a catastrophic situation. I felt pity for Sophie when her first husband abandoned her. However, I was angry at the same character for putting up with the abusive Mustafa repeatedly. It seemed as if the book was glorifying abuse in the name of love that definitely didn’t go along well with me.
Now, although she maintains that she made grave mistakes and which were inevitable, I really couldn’t feel bad for her. In fact, the end gave some respite to my head that was reeling under this cycle of drama between Sophie and her man, Mustafa. I can understand Sophie to some extent but beyond that, I didn’t find her story logical. However, if the angle of black magic does hold truth, this was one baffling read.
MY RATING: 2/ 5
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