Lies. Ambition. Family.
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 centre of it all.
Damyanti Biswas lives in Singapore, and supports Delhi’s underprivileged women and children, volunteering with organisations who work for this cause. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the US, UK, and Asia, and she helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine. You can find her on her blog.
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The book is written about life in the poor areas in Delhi. It describes in wincing but necessary detail the lives of the rich and privileged and those who are poor and are stuck in lives of hardship.
It’s a dark, chilling tale and gives the story of a family. An ordinary family caught up in a world where crime seems to be closely visiting.
If you enjoy crime, noir and books that discuss things that occur in other places this book is definitely one for you.
All proceeds of this book are also going to charity which is also a good thing considering the subject matter.
Thanks to Damyanti Biswas for approaching me to read this novel.