I received the book Nobody’s child by Kanchana Banerjee as a review copy from Writer’s melon and am thankful to them for the same. This is the author’s second book and having loved her first one, I really was waiting for this one to come out. And I must tell you, I was not disappointed with her work. I love romance but I read this thriller because of the author.
A young woman is found on the streets of Mumbai, dazed and covered in wounds. Her mind is clearly addled by drugs. She tells a TV journalist that she is the famous singer Asavri Bhattacharya, the winner of the 2016 reality TV show Indian Koel. But as far as the world knows, Asavri died in a car accident soon after her win. Her body was cremated; her death mourned by the whole nation. As news spreads like wildfire, the press and public begin clamouring for answers. How can Asavri be alive? And if this is indeed the real Asavri, then who was cremated three years ago? And who is behind what happened to her? Is it Tanya, the first runner-up who wore the victor’s crown after Asavri was declared dead, or Rudra, Asavri’s ex-husband? Or is it Kamini Devi – the glamorous MP with a sinister plan? Or Avniel, the film journalist who shot to fame by writing Asavri’s biography soon after her death? And why does Asavri keep muttering the name Monty? Who is he? Nobody’s Child Is An Exhilarating And Chilling Story About The Dark Side Of Fame.
This story is set in Mumbai in 2018, Asavari Bhattacharya, the winner of the Indian Koel , a reality singing contest, thought to have died in a brutal car accident in 2016, is found lying on a footpath in a battered condition, abused and drugged, assumed to be a beggar till she revealed her identity. And that becomes the breaking news.
And now everyone is running.
Avniel, who was once her best friend, a journalist and who became a bestselling author because he had written her story, I’m Nobody’s Child, a bestseller.
Tanya Pratap Singh, who was the runner up in the same singing competition, but had to take Asavari’s role. But Tanya is happy to give up. Her rich mother, Kamini Pratap Singh, an MLA, a party member of Aam Janta Party.
The cops, who had established her identity when she had died, cremated her.
And all the time in the hospital floating between consciousness and unconsciousness, in a state of delirium, she takes the name of one person, Monty. Who is he???
But who did and why? Rudra Chatterjee, her ex-husband because she had spilled the beans on him? Kamini Pratap Singh, who wanted her daughter, Tanya, to win, and not Asavari? Avniel, who wrote a book based on Asavri’s life?
This book is about Asavari, a twenty three year old orphan from Shantipur in West Bengal, who had come to Mumbai in 2016 to participate in a singing contest and what happens next.
The way the story starts, keeps the reader hooked as to what would happen next. The story moves back and forth between the past and the present and has been told in first person from the point of different characters, Avniel, Kamini, Monty and Asavari. The years have been mentioned and it has beautifully been mentioned as then and now.
The characters have been developed gradually and by the time we are through half of the book, the back stories of most of the characters have already evolved. I wanted to know a little bit more about Avniel and Monty and how they were what they were. The fast paced plot is gripping and the story revolves around reality shows, media, politics, personal motives, revenge, drugs, sexual abuse and much more. The story has been narrated beautifully and scenes could be visualised easily. The language is simple. But there is violence and some parts are difficult to handle.
The layers are removed one after the other and as the layers come off, the reader gets more and more involved, so much so, that I just could not keep the book down, because I really wanted to find as to who was the person behind all this. And I felt I was on a roller coaster with all the twists and turns in the story.
The Epilogue of the book left me wanting for a little bit more.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from WRITER’S MELON in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.