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.
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.
This book is not just a story but it raises very serious issues like women’s safety,security and most importantly acid attacks on women. Book talks about mental health issues, autism and loneliness too. In our country there are several cases we heard about acid attacks it clearly depicted cruel and sick mentality of men.But other hand it also stated the strong mindset of girls who just survived through it and live her life strongly with those scars.
This story is about Anjali a single mother of an autistic child Nikhil.she lives with her friend Maya in Delhi. Jatin is commisoner of Police and his family life is disturbed but Jatin and Anjali both are very good friends and love each other too. Jatin working on a case where he found two daed bodies of women who burned by acid after rape.Maya,Pawan and Anjali helping him to investigate this case,
there are lots of mystery and secrets are waiting for you through out the book and keep you on your toes. Story is engaging, captivating and a complete page turner.
Story is bit slow in start after that it is getting pace and there is no point of time i feel like story loosing his grip.narration part of the book is very strong which will keep you glued to book. Characters are very well developed and feeling like real. Language used by author is simple and lucid.
Book Review by Dipali Gupta
Book: You Beneath your skin
Author: Damayanti Biswas
Publisher: Simon & Schuster India
Rating: ***** 5/5