Author : Neel Mullick
Publisher : Rupa Publications
Genre : Fiction
Pages : 224
Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son’s thirteenth birthday and is looking forward to being with his family, when his world is cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially he thinks he can cope with the loss, but finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist, to regain his equipoise. What he does not know is that Cynthia herself is trying to cope with a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband over her daughter…
What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat? Moreover, when they are rowing in opposite directions–one clinging to the past, and the other unable to get rid of it! In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia’s daughter, who harbours a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her.
I picked this book solely because of the cover. The title gave me the feels of this being a dark and thriller novel. The cover didn’t seemed apt in the beginning but after I finished reading, I realised the meaning of the cover.
The story is a dark thriller with a pinch of mystery. The story starts with Sam returning from his business trip only to find out that his wife and child were killed in a road accident. He was devastated and went to Cynthia for therapy. He was mentally unstable and wasn’t able to process the death of his loved ones. Cynthia on the other hand felt that she was on the same boat as Sam. Cynthia had just divorced from her abusive husband and had a rough bond with her daughter Lily. But with Sam’s entry in her life, things were getting sorted eventually. But Lily had a secret which could have changed their lives.
I actually loved reading the book.The author has discussed the most important issue here- mental health. I liked how he brought in the issues faced by people suffering from mental illness which felt so real while reading the book. The twist and turns, the secrets revealed changed the whole plot in the end. The story was a bit slow in the start but after a few pages, it was unputdownable. The plot is definitely intriguing and well written. The language is easy and understandable. The narration is smooth and the story is well paced.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*