You Beneath Your Skin #YouBeneathYourSkin
I’ve known Damyanti for several years now. She is the most generous, compassionate and supportive person I have met online. She comes across as a warm and intelligent woman with inner strength. If I were to describe her in one word, it’ll be… Inspiring! She writes about Writing, Social Justice, Travel, and Reading on her blog.
So, without further ado, let me share the details of her debut book…
Title: You Beneath Your Skin
Genre: Literary Crime
Publisher: Simon & Schuster India
The red and black immediately captures nuances of an atmospheric crime story, and the face visible under the title makes you wonder who she is, and what her story might be.
FROM THE BLURB
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.
Check out this book if you like pacy reads that also engage with various social issues.
I received an advance review copy. You Beneath Your Skin grabbed my attention like no other in the recent past. I just sat and turned page after page as the story gripped me from the word go.
The horror, the conflicts, the drama takes you on a dangerous and a thrilling ride. You Beneath Your Skin is a racy-pacy crime thriller with a plot that twists and turns like the alleys of the slums. It takes you into the dark underbelly of India where the poor are mere pawns in the deadly game of power, greed, lust and corruption. The plot is inspired from our real world where murders, misogyny, dog-eat-dog politics, personal prejudices, poverty, corruption and ambition are common and as a reader you can relate to it all. The characters are strong, well-etched and very real. The voice of the author is succinct and lucid and written in a no-nonsense manner. The dialogues are realistic and engaging.
You Beneath Your Skin is a compelling and credible crime thriller that is really hard to put down. Highly recommended. JUST GO FOR IT!!
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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.