Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Review: The Missing Connection by Ketaki Patwardhan Nirkhi

There have been some books written over the time which leave a mark on the mind of the readers. It's no less than a miracle that happens in front of your eyes. Author Ketaki Patwardhan Nirkhi in her latest book "The Missing Connection" has tried to narrate one such tale which will be etched in the mind of the readers forever. So is it different from the other books out there? Let's find out. 

Dr.Neha Dixit, an anesthetist lives in Mumbai with her loving husband Dr.Ashutosh. Her life is almost perfect, except for two problems. First problem is the nightmares she has had since childhood, the same ones where she hears screams, where she sees blood. Everyone assumes that these nightmares have something to do with her past, but she cannot recollect any such incidence. The other problem is they are childless, despite all efforts, and she’s craving for one. And one fine day, her life takes an unexpected twist…
While working at the hospital, Neha sees a patient, Susan. Neha has the feeling that she has seen this woman somewhere, a sense of Déjà vu. And Susan too keeps staring at her, as if she too reciprocates the same feeling. From that day, suddenly the frequency of her nightmares increases. The hazel brown eyes of Susan start haunting her. Neha goes to the hospital to find out who Susan is…only to find her absconding. And thus begins Neha’s cross country hunt to find Susan and to find out who she really is. And during this hunt, she realizes that Susan too is following her. Who is Susan? Why does she seem familiar? What is her connection to Neha’s nightmares? Why is she following her? Will hypnotic age regression, as suggested by psychiatrist Dr.Ram, help her? As Neha comes closer to finding who Susan really is, she thinks the problem of her nightmares is going to end. What she doesn't know is that she is close to unraveling a horrific secret buried in the past…

First look at the title and the cover and it'll give readers all kinds of goosebumps. Those eyes and that look of the girl on the cover image is enough to heighten the curiosity of the readers. The title leads you to a belief that story is no less than an entertainer. The blurb talks about a person and her life which has led her to some unsolved queries. It's an unusually lengthy blurb. It should have been shorter than it's original length currently. 

The story revolves around Dr. Neha, an anesthetist whose life is in a turmoil because of two things. First her inability to conceive and secondly a recurring dream which haunts her night after night. There is no solution in sight to both of her problems. One day she comes across a patient called Susan in her hospital during her routine check up and that moment is converted into deja vu which leads her to believe that there is some sort of connection between her & Susan. But suddenly Susan disappears from the hospital and from there on it's a large man hunt to uncover the truth behind this all mystery as to who Susan is and how she is related to Neha. What is in store for her at the end? Will she ever be able to get hold of Susan? What fate awaits Neha in the end? This is what the story is all about. 

There's no end to suspense and thrill in this story. It's a perfect recipe for a suspense thriller. The countless twists and turns will make the readers head spin for a lot of time. The surprise which it has in store for everyone will catch many off guard for sure. The ease with which the narration has been handled is commendable. It's a cracker of a plot. The curiosity factor remains high throughout the book. 

The downside of the book is it's editing. Few mistakes in the book and spacing errors are an eye sore at times. Apart from this the story has no faults in it. 

It's not a loose story. All the ends have been tied up carefully in order to maintain the essence and charm of a suspense thriller. It'll fool you, it'll make you toil hard and it'll make you go round and round and then drop you back to where it all started from. All without any realization. It's a story worth all the time and money of the readers. 


4 OUT OF 5   

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