‘Lies Look Like Love’ by Bijaya Kumar Mishra is a riveting romantic thriller. On one hand the storyline is wrapped with romance, on the other hand churns a multi-layered suspense thriller.
The novel features two lead characters Maya and Ravi – both are simple and likeable…yet inextricable from one another. As the novel starts, we see that Ravi posing as a scientist comes to a small rainy forest town. After staying at the forest rest house, he searches for a house on rent in the town. However, that is not easy as he is a bachelor. Somehow he gets a room on rent in the villa where a widower Maya lives with her sisters.
Maya lost her husband Ansh in a car accident. She is gloomy and when stumbles upon Ravi, her hope of finding love again blooms up. Initially, as Ravi lives in the villa, Maya gets close to him because of his decency and good behaviour.
However, soon as the rumours spread, it comes out that the villa is cursed. Ravi believes it and delves deep to find out the exact mystery. He sees that Maya has three sisters who are lookalike. But soon this was busted. For some time goes the drama of double personality disorder with the character Pihu, Maya’s sister.
As the mystery unfolds, sweeps of Ravi and Maya and others weave a tapestry of scintillating storytelling. The story is not all about romance or solving the villa mystery, it is layered…one after another. Maya and Ravi sound simple and genuine characters but something malicious is hidden in their hearts, and in the villa. A lot of answers lies in their past, which also involves Ansh. There goes master storytelling that one cannot come to conclusion quite early, also the novel nudges one to read till its last line, due to high unpredictably.
Clubbing romance, crime, and suspense into one – it is unputdownable novel that will keep you hooked until you finish it. Crafting a crime suspense backing on the simple narration is not only tough but also highly commendable. However, Bijaya Kumar Mishra has done it with tremendous panache and with an equal élan.
Before we conclude the review, you should know whether Maya and Ravi are true persons or faking something or trying to double cross one another. And most importantly you should find out why Pihu is so important character in the lives of Ravi and Maya. The more you get into it, the more it will confound you and grab your attention. Truly a masterpiece...a great novel for its discerning readers of the genre.
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