Dangle by Sutapa Basu leaves you thinking about a lot of things that are right and wrong. The book is very aptly titled ‘Dangle’ as it takes you on a journey of the mind, where our deepest fears lurk yet at the same time our hope arises.
The protagonist of the story, gorgeous Ipshita Sen is sketched by Basu in many hues. She herself dangles in between courage and vulnerability, the past and present, her family and other relationships. It is through her we see the novel take its course. The narration is perfect, the settings real.
It is a thriller, but it doesn’t end with just the thrill unlike most books of that genre. It will linger in your heart even after you have finished the last line. It keeps you dangling, wanting for more. I finished the book in an afternoon, that should tell you how fast paced the entire story is.
As it is a thriller I can’t divulge the storyline, for it would take away the suspense from it.
The settings are wonderfully used to tell the story and Basu takes you to the city of Chicago and back to Delhi, and even before you can breathe she transports you to the scenic locales of Manipur and then to exotic places like Batam and Furi. Basu doesn’t give you a chance to slow down.
Within the mask of a thriller the story cleverly talks about women emancipation, insurgency in the north-east, domestic violence, sexuality and women, our changing mindset while travelling outside India, the scars from a disturbed childhood that remain within us and much more.
If you are a fan of Sutapa Basu who just won the TOI Write India Contest under Amish Tripathi, this is one book you should not miss. Her use of language, narration, plot development is something every aspiring writer should learn from.
A stellar debut, it is a must buy for all readers who like a good thriller yet with a depth in it.
If you want to buy the book please follow this link: http://www.amazon.in/Dangle-Sutapa-Basu/dp/9385854011
Please Note: This is not a commissioned review, I bought the book on amazon and reviewed it as I am a great fan of the author.