Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: August 2019
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
A dazed young woman is found on the streets of Mumbai. Assumed to be a beggar woman and addled with drugs, she reveals that she is the reality show winner who was presumed dead three years ago. There are quite a few people who want her to remain dead. The down and out journalist Avniel who rose to fame penning her autobiography. The politician Kamini who used the competition as a stepping stone to success. The runner-up Tanya who wore the victor’s crown. The ex-husband Rudra who is out for revenge.
Nobody’s Child is an exhilarating & chilling story about the dark side of fame.
Money, power, fame, morally corrupt characters, unscrupulous media, and trial by social media. One man’s misery is another man’s ticket to success. Combine all these with a crisp, tight plot, and you have a winner. Nobody’s Child by Kanchana Banerjee is quite a page-turner. There is never a dull moment where ambitious women and men stop at nothing. Murder is but just a means to an end.
The book follows the story of a reality show winner who has resurfaced after being declared dead three years ago. Following a non-linear narrative, the book is narrated in the first person by the primary characters. It switches between the past (building-up to the incident) and the present (exploring the repercussions of her resurfacing) all with effortless ease.
Reality shows are not about talent anymore. Were they ever? The perfect rags to riches story with the right amount of controversy. Controversies that are created and milked to the tee. Nothing is sacred where TRPs rule. Doing anything and everything to get the cash registers ringing. The book explores the dark side of reality shows and the people associated with it.Money, power, fame, morally corrupt characters, and unscrupulous media. All that with a crisp, tight plot, and you have a winner. Nobody’s Child by @justkanchana Book Review #BohoPonderings #MyFriendAlexa Click To Tweet
The characters are all well etched with most of them are morally depraved. No goody two shoes here. I particularly liked Kamini’s character. Reminded me of Brooke Logan from The Bold and the Beautiful series. The writing style is lucid and there is a generous use of the vernacular. Cuss words and all.
Graphic descriptions of torture are not my cup of tea. I did find a few sections of the book a bit too disturbing. If you can read past that, this is a book you should pick up next.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. It has all the makings of a great Netflix series. Kanchana is my new favorite author for Indian mysteries and thrillers. I cannot wait to read her next book.
Trigger warning: Graphic content, rape, torture, human trafficking
Nobody’s Child is available for purchase at Amazon India
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About the author
Kanchana Banerjee lives in Gurgaon with her husband Sandeep and her three boys Rohan, Archie & Casper. In another life, she used to write for various publications and companies, now she is a full-time author. When not writing, she enjoys gardening and playing with her dogs. Nobody’s Child is her second book.