This ebook is designed to make you squirm, upset and uneasy. And when you’re courageous sufficient to choose it up, you possibly can’t cease studying. You’ve been warned.
- Final Up to date: January 28, 2018, 8:33 PM IST
- Edited by: Tarun Bhardwaj
Shinie Antony’s Roo, the protagonist of her newest novel ‘The Woman Who Couldn’t Love’, is a fiercely clever, middle-aged English trainer who wears stinging cynicism on her sleeves.
She has solely contempt for the world though she appears to have discovered her place in it, dwelling along with her form of tough mom, who’s bed-ridden additionally. We don’t know why Roo is the way in which she is, or the place her anger is coming from. We start to seek out out as she begins to fall in love with a a lot, a lot youthful man, Kumar. This was towards Roo’s higher judgment, after all, and the gates of her psychological hell crack open one after the other.
It is a love story, a thriller, and a homicide thriller rolled into one. However what it does finest is to fill you with a way of foreboding proper from the primary sentence of the ebook which takes us inside Roo’s head: ‘This time earlier than the blackest fowl recognized to man opened its beak I knew who was coming to dinner.’
To name the ebook darkish could be an understatement. It’s pitch black. Distilled hate, spewing out from the mouths and ideas of its characters. And that hate exists even whereas making love. That’s the temper by the size of the ebook and but, I merely couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t the plot that hooked me, however its incisive sentences, oozing fury, that leapt out of its pages and stored me scared and helpless because the thriller unravelled quick.
Sharp, witty, and cynical dialogues are one thing at which Shinie Antony excels at. So you possibly can’t assist chuckling each on occasion despite the fact that the humour is so darkish.
Take this for example. Roo hasn’t but slept with Kumar and the wooing part is on. Kumar is impatient. He has been messaging her bait after bait and she or he isn’t precisely biting. She provides him a prim ‘Good evening,’ turns off her bedside lamp, and settles all the way down to go over all his earlier messages.
Then got here his What you sporting?
This was the time to take a fist to his phone-face; this was what bored males world over requested bored ladies. However I stated meekly, ‘Pyjamas.’
My solely weapon, self-mockery, was failing to return to my support when he requested, And below that?
‘Barbed wire.’ Then I switched off the telephone.
Kumar is dying to get to know Roo higher. And so are we.
Antony makes us itch to find Roo’s secrets and techniques as they begin to tumble out of the closet one after one other and she or he takes us alongside Roo’s harmful fall. The repercussions of a father who isn’t what he pretends to be, a mom who’s dwelling a lie, two little women caught in the course of twisted relationships, and a lover who shouldn’t be.
There have been instances when some horrible concern crept up from behind me, knocking all sense proper out of my head. It’s made me mouth phrases I remorse, act in methods most uncharacteristic of me, and go briefly insane. What if that concern stayed? Wouldn’t it rot within me, permeate each cell in me, and emit poisonous fumes that others can odor? That occurred to Roo.
The ebook shouldn’t be for everybody as a result of it’s a first-hand exploration of human darkness – anger, concern, jealousy, disgrace, resentment, hate. On this ebook, these feelings aren’t simply rearing their ugly heads on occasion like they do in most of us, however they keep on and wreck lives. This ebook is designed to make you squirm, upset and uneasy. And when you’re courageous sufficient to choose it up, you possibly can’t cease studying. You’ve been warned.
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