‘Somewhere in a Song’ by Kavya Janani is an enchanting psychological thriller about a girl who suffers from a strange disorder called musicomania. Getting over the story, it is about Emma Justin, she lives in London. So, clearly the book has been placed in the cross-cultural setting, and being an Indian writer she has pulled it off quite brilliantly. If you guys know Tilly Bagshawe, then you guys gonna to love Kavya too.
Well, the story isn’t long; you can read it in one sitting, and also because it’s riveting. Getting into the story, we see that this girl Emma is obsessed with a song called - There’s nothing left to do… - composed by an independent music composer Kevin Roberts. She feels that this song has changed her life somehow and there is something arcane about it i.e. somehow she knows the tune of this song or this song is attached to her. In short, she feels haunted by a song. She is so obsessed with it that she refuses to come out of that.
At the same time Emma being a hypnotherapist, also knows about time travelling, but she is clueless how it can happen. One day her anxiety increases many fold when Kevin Roberts discloses the story behind that song. He says that he got the tune for that song from a mysterious girl and also the singer Sarah Jane Davies disappeared suddenly after the release of the song. When Kevin, in that interview, reveals the appearance of the girl, Emma thinks that he’s described her. Now, she is not only badly confused but also lost.
The splendor of psychological thrillers is that, here characters race with the time to find themselves…they are both protagonists as well as antagonists. Same is the case with Emma. She got to find out what’s her link with that song.
Will she be able to put her life back on the track or she will get lost in some other world because of that song. Well-written and well-edited, Somewhere in a Song is an exciting combination of time travelling, hypnotherapy and musicomania, though it is bit dark, well the fully fleshed out and partially intriguing characterization of Emma Justin makes it a perfect read.