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Book Review: The Perfect Knot by Dr. Neha Rai

The Perfect Knot by Dr. Neha Rai by is an engrossing intense romantic thriller. The novel features the story of Abhinav Shastri, who falls in love with Sanchi. It’s staged against Ahmadabad, Varanasi and a few more Indian cities. The novel can be remembered for its dramatic and intriguing characters like Sanchi, Kavisha, and Abhinav. They all are young, college goers.


Abhinav and Kavisha are from the same family, kind of cousin brother and sister. Kavisha runs poetic engagements at various places where she features poets in Ahmadabad, while Abhinav studies in Surat in an engineering college. Both characters are unhappy by their family. Abhinav has had very tragic and dull childhood due to his father and Mausi, which is his stepmother now.

In one of the poetic events, Abhinav is smitten by the beauty of Sanchi. He along with his friend Akash searches her. They succeed with the help of Kavisha. These guys are creatively inclined, like Sanchi is a song writer, Abhinav has a band and so on. They are together due to a common interest.

On the façade, Abhinav hails from well-to-do family but his past disturbs and haunts him. Emotionally, he is unstable. Can an emotionally unstable person handle love in his life? This is the big question in the novel. Also the novel explores proposition of gayism and LGBT in India. Kavisha is one of the supporting members of LGBT in India. The author sheds light on its veracity.

Emotions, past memories, longing for love – all clubbed up together and this novel becomes an unputdownable thriller. Since the author is an Emotional Intelligence Life Coach, she understands the value of emotions and feeling in a love relationship, but she also knows that a person suffering from Bipolar Disorder can never fit in a romantic relationship, thus, she meticulously sketched Abhinav in that way. The story moves quite fast and such stories are often showed in Bollywood movies…but the charm of the book is matchless.

The lead character is Abhinav, entire scaffold of the story is built around him. Initially he looked a nice guy but as the story chugs ahead, his ways and idiosyncrasies will make you think that some circumstances can rob life from you. You might love him, hate him…but surely cannot ignore him. He was strong, intriguing and unstable, which is way necessary for writing riveting romantic thrillers.

The author brings her subject and characters in full gusto to interact and cross each other. It is an amazing novel that transcends its genre after reaching midway. Simple and effective language, anyone can pick up this novel for a thrilling roller-coaster ride.

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