My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ms. Basu’s Ipshita is a character that will be hard to forget for a long time. Traveling across many time zones, Ipshita makes us a part of a journey as she loses herself between reality and make-believe. It is not that the readers don’t know that she is suffering from schizophrenia but the real challenge is to understand how Ipshita finally realizes that. “Does somebody want to kill me?” Is a statement that is constantly haunting her. Her paranoia is constantly making her doubt whoever is around her or imagine things and people who don’t exist. A bit of news or a childhood memory – anything can bring about a shift in her life.
When she meets Amar I started thinking that this is the true love that she had been waiting for. But then, I was introduced to Adi. Ms. Basu has done a good job in blending the real with the surreal. The third character that enters Ipshita’s life is Akash. He did not leave much of an impression on me. Maybe because he was not there for a long time in the protagonist’s life.
Each of these characters left an impact on Ipshita’s mind. The best part of this novel is the family love and understanding that is portrayed. In a true sense, you can call it the "hearth" of the novel – a place from where Ipshita draws her strength from. Adi’s character is that of a true friend in every meaning and he forms the backbone of her life.
Ipshita comes across as a very strong character. A young girl who had a traumatic past and some deep rooted memories – is bound to undergo what Ipshita was going through.
The only problem I had with this novel was the opening scene. I cannot understand why the airplane was scaring Ipshita so much. Why does she have to relate it to the attack on the Twin tower? For later in the novel nowhere is it mentioned about her having aviophobia.
Another thing I loved about this novel is the lack of dramatics. Every situation was very dramatic but Isphita’s reaction to every situation was very subdued, normal. This will not create a jarring effect in the reader's mind as you will be left pondering as to where Isphita is actually taking you. Did she even have a destination?
The language is superb in this novel and you can hardly find any flaw with the editing, characterization, and the storyline. Highly recommended for all types of readers.
Disclaimer: I got this novel from Kindle Unlimited and the review is my honest opinion.