Summary and Story:
Myra is a young independent working woman living in upscale Gurgaon. After a night of wild partying, she wakes up to discover being raped. In her own house and on her own bed. At a party where she was surrounded by her friends.
As Inspector Dipti, the no-nonsense officer in-charge of the all-women police station begins to investigate the rape, she realizes there is more than what meets the eye. She needs to keep her own prejudices aside if she wants to solve the case and nab the rapist.
What follows is a fast-paced whodunnit that explores the dark side of technology and social media.
We practically share our whole life on social media. When Social Dilemma aired on Netflix, it sent shockwaves. But didn’t we know it already? That we are being watched? Each action is tracked? Not just by organizations and the government, but also by creeps.
Add to that, we live in a smart world. Smartphones, smartwatches, smart homes, smart cars, and CCTVs. Depending on technology for practically every aspect of our life. All this puts us at risk of getting hacked. Someone gaining access to our lives and information and wreaking havoc. How safe are we inside our own home?
“Revenge is a dish best never served.“
I read the author’s book Nobody’s Child two years back and it was quite a rollercoaster. Eye on You promised to be equally thrilling. And it completely delivered.
The book grabs you from the word go, right from the cover that is quite striking. It is narrated through two pivotal characters, Myra and Dipti. Two women who couldn’t be more different. Be it the class divide or social standing. Two women who are equally biased against each other.
Apart from the two, there are quite a few characters and none of them are completely black or white. There is liberal use of the vernacular and it adds to the charm of the story. Gurgaon itself can be considered a character too.
The author is known to explore the dark underbelly of the society. A rape victim always has to deal with victim-blaming, slut-shaming, and the whole “she was asking for it”. Myra’s lifestyle is judged and questions are raised about the very occurrence of the rape. The book also explores the mere tokenism of all-women police stations and the absolute lack of empathy in the police force.
As the mystery unravels, none of the incidents look far-fetched. It could very well happen to anyone and that is a scary thought. Be it the loopholes in the MyGate app (that my residential complex uses too) or the blind spots in the CCTV coverage.
Mysteries and thrillers are my favorite genres and I was able to make the correct guess halfway through. But there was the element of “why” that had me turning the pages. The climax was quite dramatic and I liked the way the author ended the book. Everything need not be tied into a neat little bow.
I enjoyed reading the book. If you like fast-paced whodunnits that you can finish in one sitting, pick Eye on You. You will not be disappointed.
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About the author
Kanchana Banerjee lives in Gurgaon with her husband, son, Casper, and the memories of Archie. She is the author of A Forgotten Affair (2016) & Nobody’s Child (2019). Eye On You is her third book. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend time tending to her plants, playing with Casper, and going on cycling rides with her husband and son.
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