Bookish Witch

Eye On You by Kanchana Banerjee

Blurb (as on Amazon)

You’re seen, tracked, and followed everywhere you go. Every line & picture you post; someone is watching. All that information in the wrong hands is a recipe for disaster.
You have a smart door, a CCTV; everything is controlled via an app on your mobile phone. All they need to do is to hack into your phone. Anyone can get in, anyone can see you inside your home.
How safe are you inside your home?
Myra is a young, independent, single working woman living in Gurgaon. After a party in her home, she wakes up the following morning and discovers that she has been raped. But she was at home, surrounded by her friends.
Who could have done this to her? Was it one of her friends or a stranger?

Genre: Fiction/Thriller

Pages: 188

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 200 INR/$2.99 (free to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription)

My Ratings: 4.5/5

To celebrate the happy occasion of moving into her own 3BHK apartment in a posh locality of Gurgaon, Myra throws an open-house party. The celebration night leads to a horrific morning when Myra wakes up with severe pain, obscenities scribbled on her body and leading to the discovery that she has been raped. Who could it be? She can’t figure it out and neither can the police, because it was a party full of known people.

Book cover taken from Amazon

What I liked about the book:
-> Each female character, be it the lead protagonist Myra, or the side characters like her BFF, the police team investigating the case, all have their own backstories, justifying their actions and prejudices.
-> The male characters too show varied negative traits of the supposed superior sex, right from misogyny to patriarchy.
-> What the female lead goes, makes us wonder, and even be scared about how vulnerable we too are in the world of social media and digital technology.
-> The interlinking of the past events with what happens to Myra in the present. I really liked how the past was well concealed right till the climax, making us anticipate what exactly happened back then.
-> The junior constable, Sonali’s character, was most interesting for me, because, we can relate to her enthusiasm as well as come to appreciate that her fresh and contemporary thinking actually leads to new pathways and solutions.
-> The way Myra’s character is put under scrutiny and her being the victim is questioned simply because of her lifestyle choices, which is a relatable thing for many women of India (and probably globally too)
-> It sends out an important message that we (especially women) need to be wary about every single person and event happening around them. With the digital explosion, this has become even more necessary, because personal space and privacy can easily be hacked, and this book manages to bring home the message quite alarmingly and fearfully well.

What I did not like about the book:
-> I wanted to know more about Dipti’s life, at her job and especially in her family life. The character truly had some shades that would be relatable for many women in India, who are successful in their professions, yet struggling to earn the respect of their family members.
-> The culprits were kind of predictable for me (this may be because I’ve read too many crime thrillers and mystery books)

Quotable quotes:
-> We don’t talk. Sometimes silence is comforting. To be with someone who understands your silence better than words; who knows when not to speak a word and yet be there. We’re lucky to have such people.
-> It’s not always vintage that establishes a solid friendship.
-> Life takes us on a different trajectory and often one doesn’t relate to or have anything in common with those we shared our tiffin boxes with or bunked lectures and slipped off for the matinee. People grow up and change. And change isn’t always bad.
-> Someone who decides to shed weight and transform herself; shows enormous grit and dedication.
-> Some things, even in the closest of friendships, are off bounds. It sits in the -we-dont-go-there island surrounded by the sea of topics we discuss to death.
-> One can Google and learn anything and everything.
-> Women…all of us… we are different but fight the same battle.
-> Why do all decisions have to be practical in life?
->Sometimes you walk into a situation and you know it’s going to be right for you.
-> “Don’t take this the wrong way”
Every time someone says this, it’s almost a given that they have something not so nice to say.
-> What’s the point of living if you don’t do something idiotic and reckless once in a while? To be safe all the time, that’s not living. That’s just surviving.
-> Don’t you hate it when people try to be friendly when they have no bloody intention of being remotely friendly?
-> If one can be careless and callous about their health, they aren’t worthy of being trusted with anything. Least of all with an important job.
-> Bitchy behaviour and backbiting is okay. These can be dealt with. It’s fake sympathy and offer of help that makes you mad.
-> What’s the point of living if you aren’t chasing an impossible target?
-> Sometimes one needs to pretend that everything is fine. Just to hold on to sanity.
-> Appearances can be so deceptive; sometimes people surprise you with hidden facets about themselves you wouldn’t have imagined.
-> Normal people trust people and don’t start from the point of mistrust.
-> One never really knows the other person.
-> Why do men think that they need to change a woman?
-> Revenge is a dish best never served.
-> Misfortune seldom comes alone.

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