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Saturday 20 September 2014

Book Review: The Hidden Letters by Purba Chakraborty

About the book:

She is a successful author, a loving wife and the world's best mom. Her doctor husband dotes on her, her teenage daughter idolizes her and her readers yearn for her writing. Shouldn't all that respect and love make her happy? 
Yet, she is devoid of inner peace. In the wee hours of the night, her slumber is disturbed by horrifying nightmares. All her harmony is abducted and lost amidst the bunch of hidden letters kept in her cupboard. Those letters were written long back by her cousin,presently a patient at a mental asylum in Kolkata.
Haunted by her inner demons and tired by the long-time secrecy, she decides to put end to her misery by surrendering to her husband and daughter, The Hidden Letters. . . 
Will she lose her husbands love and daughters respect? Can she forgive herself for her own selfishness which rendered her cousin's fate malignant?

My Review:

Engaging? Check.
Contemporary? Check.
Predictable? Check.
Bland? Check.
If these words fail to convey my concise review, then read on. 
This story of a woman, who is portrayed as one living an ideal life, what with a loving family comprising of her daughter and husband, is a take on dealing with emotional roller-coaster of a twisted event rooted in someone's past.
What is most endearing about the novel is the fact, that unlike other contemporary crap, this book explores real emotions, and it does that in a realistic and believable manner. The prologue is a precursor to what lies in the plot.
No wonder the plot draws to a predictable close, even in a cliched Bollywood climax, yet there is something inexplicable that makes one read through the book.
What makes the book even more worthy of a read is the fact that one can peel layers which have deeper issues, inter alia, disease and sickness, relationships, dealing with shocks, valuing relations, seeking redemption.

My Judgement:

Worth your penny! A welcome change from the superficial contemporary novels out there.

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