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Book Review: Mango Showers by A. Victor Adharsh

Mango Showers by A. Victor Adharsh is a riveting psychological thriller with eerie backdrop and mysterious characters surrounding the scaffold of the storyline. Yet engaging and intriguing, the novel nudges on female protagonists. Set in Kerala and in between Karnataka, with abundant glimpses of local customs and cultures – the author transports readers in a zone where they feel as lonely as Anna Zakaria and fear for their lives from rain and dreaded face-painted monsters.

In any successful psychological thriller, ambience plays a critical role in nudging the story to an extent of high-level thriller. Something similar happens here; the place braves mango showers – rain in summer – indicating something sinister in the air. In the thriller novel motives isn’t forefront unless you delve deep in the sweeps of main characters.

As the novel begins, Anna Zakaria returns to Kudukkanghad, an isolated place in Kasaragod, Kerala. The way author fills the sublime natural beauty’s description, will surely palpitate your heart with amazement. Anna returns to his only brother: Paulose. Anna has abnormal fear of flooding and rain. She is not up to herself mentally. When she faints down at Theyyam event, people begin noticing her. Paulose takes care of her, calls a psychiatrist cum doctor Yasser.

The moment of the story is built gradually. One after another characters enter the story landscape. Much part of the novel will try to convince you to understand Anna in full limelight. As the story opens with Unnikrishnan Nair and his story of gulping one business empire of some D’ Crasta family that was killed in a flood, the dots of puzzle begin forming a loop. At this point readers will begin groping deeper in the story and try to find out who is who in real life and what motives and greed is associated with them.

Conspiracy, avarice, murders, identity swapping, and finally revenge and inheritance – with a sleek swift move author twisted the story to a new beginning almost in each chapter. Victor Adharsh almost made you doubtful of your own suspicion. Well played! With multiple perspectives this novel developed like a rollercoaster ride surrounded with so many mysterious people.

Victor Adharsh writes with such intensity that you are bound to feel you are part of the story. Narrated intensely, it is an edge of the seat excitement, shedding light on relationships and bonding in a family that is shattered by a close kin’s greed. It is a story about ulterior motives of the people subverting another’s life, yet it is also a story of standing beside someone who’s almost wiped out and scarred early in life. The motives of George and Anna are contrastingly opposite; however, they both deliver in full conviction. You will be nonplussed to find the twists and turns in the novel, especially that hidden girl and identity swapping for the sake of revenge. It is a next-level silently inching psychological thriller.

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