I have always loved thriller novels because they keep you on the edge making it easier for you to maintain your interest. However, I haven’t read any novel in a long time thanks to my own tight schedule and lifestyle. So you can imagine my happiness, when Damyanti Biswas invited me to reveal the cover of her latest family crime thriller – You Beneath Your Skin.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster India
Genre: Literary Crime
About the Book:
Lies. Ambition. Family. 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 to pay attention to either husband or son. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not even the sister to whom he is deeply attached.
Across the city there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of control Anjali is horrifyingly at the centre of it all.
In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the iceberg. Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover long-held secrets before it is too late.
Like I mentioned above, thriller novels excite me. So, when Damyanti approached me to be one of her early readers I was all in. The storyline is quite different from the regular crime thriller novels that I’ve read, and it was a welcome surprise.
When I had a first look at the cover design I was instantly in love with it. The thing I liked the most about the cover design is its simplicity. There’s nothing fancy but it still reveals the mood of the storyline. The face behind the title entices you to know more about her and get into the depth of the plot.
The blurb reveals just enough to let you know what you’re getting into preparing your mind for the horrifying tales that we don’t want to pay attention to, but it happens around us anyway.
About the Author:
Damyanti Biswas lives in Singapore, and works with Delhi’s underprivileged children as part of Project Why, a charity that promotes education and social enhancement in underprivileged communities. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the US, UK, and Asia and she helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine. You can find her on her blog and Twitter.
You Beneath Your Skin is a window into our real world that we assume doesn’t exist, but deep down inside we know it is real. Although, it has a slow pace than most of the thriller novels I’ve read. However, the layered storyline picks up your interest and lets you embark on a journey revealing more secrets.
As mentioned on the blurb, all the author proceeds will go to