Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sarameya - Mysterious Crime Thriller by Avik Muukherji

There are two things that caught my attention when I saw the cover "Sarameya". First the line below the title "The girl who wooed consciously plotted murder unconsciously." and the second form of the person in girl's retina. I have read very few courtroom drams, but I think this book has made the permanent place in my favourite courtroom drama genre.

Book blurb
Sarameya introduces the reader to the dark, forbidding and psychologically damaged world of the most tragically complex woman there ever was. When she turns on the light and beholds the macabre sight, she is paralyzed with shock and dismay. In the bloody, naked body of the man who lies on the floor beside her bed, Sehr discovers that the man her machete has sliced in half is not the man who has been creeping up to her bedroom door at two every night ever since she can remember. The body is that of the boy she went out of her way to seduce, the boy she hated with a passion but still wanted to spend that fateful night with, the boy she had promised a night of intimacy to if only he arrived at 2 am! A fictional construct of a criminological possibility, Sarameya dissects the crime of a woman who, mercifully, has never existed in the annals of crime; yet it is theoretically possible for a woman to unconsciously reenact a murder to alter its terrible outcome. The outcome of this reenactment is a murder for which there cannot be a conviction!
I don't want to spoil readers interest by revealing more than book blurb. But let me give you a para which can build interest in the readers' mind. Sehr thought her father visited her every time he was away for night duty at 2 at night. Sehr was so afraid of this person that she closed herself from outside world. One night at 2 she called her boyfriend Nikhil with the promise of intimacy. But when Nikhil showed up, Sehr killed him. She claimed herself not guilty and claimed to kill Nikhil under the hallucination. Police and public prosecutors found her guilty. Sehr father Shamsher was able to connect with India's best lawyer Mr. Billimoria to handle Sehr's case. Veteran lawyer Mr. Billimoria being an expert in the field of criminal cases brought a completely different side of the story which police and public prosecutor were not able to see.

The book is an excellent piece of psychological mystery. Book has so many twists that I found difficult to guess what's coming next. Author has given much emphasis on three characters Sehr, Billimoria and Shamsher. Three things that author has wonderfully crafted Sehr's mental state, Billimoria's wit, and Shamsher's straight forwardness. Author has extensively used physics and psychology to show how interesting story can become. Book has potential to become a successful commercial movie. I would definitely recommend and lend this book to my friends.

Talking about ratings:
  1. Cover: 4.5 / 5
  2. Content: 4.5 / 5
  3. Character: 5 / 5
  4. Concept: 4.5 / 5
  5. Overall: 4.5 / 5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Reviews from other readers can be found at Goodreads


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