Author- Ruchi Kokcha
Publisher- Harper Black( Imprint of Harper Collins)
Writing Style- 5/5
Investigative journalist Avik has finally found the one case that could bring him glory. Or death.
As the mystery behind millionaire Kalki Rajpur’s murder thickens, Avik is forced to risk it all to bring out the truth that has eluded many before him. If only he could uncover what the victim’s daughter has witnessed. Of course, that would mean diving into the depths of her madness. He had thought he could resurface with the truth. Now he will count himself lucky if he makes it out alive. And sane.
The story revolves around Avik; the protagonist who is given the work of unfolding millionaire Kalki Rajput’s mysterious murder story. This coverage can give Avik the much-needed fame and money he desired for in his life. This is his big break. But will he accept this? Or will he be able to complete the project? Will Mr. Rajput be able to tell the world his side of the story? Obsessed is all about mystery, questions, answers, family, relationships, love, death, suicide.
Suspenseful plot along with well-tied subplots, an insightful theme, and well-developed characters makes it a moving story to read. Descriptive writing style with audacious tone, realistic narration with terse writing style made the story more gripping. There are places in the book where story gives you goosebumps and you are more compelled to read till the last. Everything is perfect in the book. The connection between the scenes is something which took my attention. Generally, a story loses its direction in midway in suspense stories but this book didn’t lose its direction. On the other side, the character of Ananki Rajput was well plotted. Twists and turns are very well taken care of. Additionally, I would like to share few lines from the book that took my heart away.
- Is love so important? ISnt love overrated? Not everyone finds the love of their life, their soulmate. Those that do find love lose it little by little everyday, in the squabbles and skirmishes of everyday existence. Maybe love is not for me.
- People philosophize that our body is a cage while our mind stands free. It is a gifted the power of imagination to be wherever it wants to be, to do whatever it wants to do. But actually the mind is a trickster. IT changes from being the limitless sky to a tiny cage within the blink of an eye. We do not believe it because we like to see the better, hope for the better.
- The day I realized that sanity makes you a coward while madness gives you courage. My madness gave me the courage to go beyond every limit society has set for us.
- Unconsciously, everyone starts believing in the great mask they wear while playing their part, forgetting their inner self, which contradicts the external one. Is anything true? Yes, the rocks, the sky, the earth, the trees, all these are true, but human beings are far behind such existence. Each one is a character eternally seeking an author that can give him or her directions to play their part well. On this stage called life, everyone sees himself or herself as a hero, inventing a role for themselves. This role gives meanings to their lives, without which it is formless. But, then the root of torment lies in other actors, who try to cast you as subordinates in their plays, imposing their own image upon you, however, distorted and capricious it might be, fixing you in a formulated scene, forcing you to live inauthentically. The actor who is fully conscious of his or her role has indeed found an author.