WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5
Novellas are sometimes so much more fun than a novel. This is especially true when they manage to tell a gripping story in such a short span of time.
“Based on Lies: It Begins” by Debarshi Kanjilal is the part one of a two-part novella series which tells us an unbelievably wicked story.
What is the book about?
The book traces the story of the protagonist Anurag Sanyal who lives in Calcutta.
“Based on Lies: It Begins” is narrated in the form of a diary in which the protagonist records his thoughts. He starts with the marital discord which has slowly settled in his and his wife Aditi’s life.
What basically starts as a vent out of thoughts turns into something very dark and sinister when page by page, Anurag reveals his past.
It starts as an innocent diary but soon becomes a journal of his twisted crimes. As he continues to write, readers learn that both Aditi and Anurag have been keeping secrets – a lot of them.
In this book, however, Anurag’s secrets take the limelight and are revealed one by one. Anurag who comes off as a seemingly innocuous person slowly morphs into a twisted being.
What essentially starts as a mundane diary, in the end, becomes proof of a crime, but will it be made use of?
A dark tale
The book is a psychological thriller which allures and entices the reader well.
The story starts at a slow pace and quickly turns into a mind teaser.
The plot of the book can be best termed as complex and this is amplified by many abrupt developments which leave the reader numb and shocked.
It’s a perfect psychological thriller which unravels layer by layer and teases the reader to no end.
The language and format
The narration is eloquent. The language is uncomplicated yet good.
Also, the absence of editing errors helps in retaining the reader’s interest. The story is told in the form of a diary and each chapter reflects a single entry.
There is a huge cast of characters all of which have some link or the other to Anurag and Aditi’s past. Further, they themselves have varying shades of grey in them.
So, we have a young boy who is looking for ways to kill, a teenager who is trying to seduce her mother’s boyfriend, a stepdaughter who is seeking revenge, a killer in hiding, a psychotic girlfriend etc.
Almost all characters are psychotic – only the degree varies.
The story remains untold
Since the book is the part one of a two-part novella series, the story remains untold.
Whatever has been disclosed though, makes sure that there is no way a reader would like to miss part 2.
Anurag’s story as told by his diary is what is disclosed in this part and now the ball has been thrown into Aditi’s court. It will be upon Aditi to decide what to do with the diary and disclose her story in her own words.
Only one thing remains assured – her story will be as gripping and sinister as Anurag’s.
Overall, “Based on Lies: It Begins” is a perfect read for somebody in the mood for entertainment. The writing is fantastic and teases the reader throughout the course of the book.
I will definitely recommend it to all fiction lovers.
Pick the book if
Also, if you like short reads and novellas, this book is an ideal one.
Skip the book if
Skip the book only if psychological thrillers don’t excite you.
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