You Beneath Your Skin

You Beneath Your Skin
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…

Some books keep us hooked until the last leaf. And then, we finally get to exhale. 

You Beneath Your Skin is one such book that took me on an emotional rollercoaster. The narration is unblemished and portrays the author’s efforts, to bring forth some mind-boggling facts. The story is bound to get you goosebumps and penetrate your skin. A gripping crime thriller that highlighted the dark facets of the Indian society. The plot is amazing and the characters were true to life. A heart-wrenching story about crimes against women and the innocent. The mention of intriguing and dreadful crimes made me ponder of the time we are in. I appreciate the author’s efforts to pen about corruption and violence that is persistent till date. Maya’s character was quite interesting, and so was Jatin’s and Nikhil’s.   

The story revolves around Anjali Morgan, a single mom and Jatin Bhatt, the special commissioner of crime, Delhi police. Anjali’s plight to understand her autistic son Nikhil, the therapies, her relationship with her mother and aunt spoke much about the bonds and thoughts we carry as humans. From corruption to compassion, crime and exploitation of the innocent children, acid-attacks, politics, poverty, human behavioural traits…the story has it all. Each part has been finely and wisely handled. The vivid descriptions of the events awed me. The authors intention to make the readers aware of certain unknown facts is highly appreciative. The ‘Making jam’ part made me chuckle, but soon the attack on Anjali and their plight henceforth, made me quite emotional. 

The author has extensively researched the facts, and the acknowledgement section speaks well of it. It made me shiver as I imagined the psychological turmoil, the preys go through. Certain plot twists were quite shocking, and they added flavour to the story. The language was lucid, the flow was well escalated, and the use of local dialects made me taste the essence of India. At times, I did find certain parts repetitive, and exaggerated but I guess the author wanted to keep the drama balanced. Overall, a page-turner that is highly recommended to every reader. This book can be well judged by its cover. The title is a perfect fit for the content. What we are, within, matters more. This is a psychological thriller, which I couldn’t stop reading until I turned the last leaf. The taut writing style, the serious theme and intelligent execution made the book an unputdownable one.  

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