Today I am taking part and sharing my review on the blog tour for You Beneath My Skin by Damyanti Biswas. This was released on the 19th of September 2019 published by Simon & Schuster India.
You Beneath You Skin by Damyanti Biswas
Release Date: 19th of September 2019
Print Length: 259 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster India
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Free on Amazon Kindle in all markets from the 7th-11 th August
You Beneath Your Skin is a crime novel about the investigation of an acid attack on a woman from Delhi’s upper class, set against the backdrop of crimes against underprivileged women. They are assaulted, disfigured with acid, and murdered.
It is a whodunit, but also a whydunit, because violent crime unravels those affected: the people, the relationships, the very fabric of society, and we get a glimpse of what lies beneath. That’s why the title, You Beneath Your Skin.
All the author proceeds from You Beneath Your Skin will support the education and empowerment of women at Project WHY and Stop Acid Attacks.
You Beneath Your Skin has been optioned for TV screens by Endemol Shine, as announced by Hollywood Deadline.
Lies. Ambition. Family. It’s a dark, smog-choked New Delhi winter. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious Police Commissioner Jatin Bhatt –an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives.
Jatin’s home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention to either husband or son. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not even the sister to whom he is deeply attached.
Across the city there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of control Anjali is horrifyingly at the centre of it all. In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the iceberg.
Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover long-held secrets before it is too late.
Wow what a read this is! It is chilling, disturbing extremely intense and at times very hard to read. I had to put my kindle down a few times to catch my breath before I could read any further. Damyanti has laid it all out bare with this book and it will be one that will stay with me for a long time to come.
The story showcases the seedier and more corrupt side of India’s capital in a way that I could not have begun to image and challenged my romanticised view I had of the country. My naivety towards this really did shock me at times as the story progressed. In saying that, I am well aware that nothing is all good, just as nothing is all evil.
Damyanti has crafted a story that is a heartbreaking depiction of how women in poverty are treated and how they are subjected to the most horrific of acts imaginable. It is definitely not for the faint-hearted and deals with some very confronting issues which Damyanti does not sugarcoat over.
The story is a slow build to begin with as Damyanti lays the foundation, but she has a remarkable gift of being able to still keep you engaged through this time. When it does kick in, it does so full steam ahead and nothing gets in your way of wanting to keep reading. It just consumes and takes you over from start to finish.
I found Damyanti’s writing just breathtaking and flawless and as dark as this can be, has been beautifully written. As a debut novel, she really has nailed it on every aspect. She is a very gifted storyteller and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.
You Beneath Your Skin is a gritty and raw crime thriller that has been masterfully plotted, has great characterisation, and is one that I can not highly recommend enough.
Thank you for reaching out to me Damyanti and offering me a complimentary copy of the ebook which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Damyanti
Damyanti Biswas lives in Singapore, and supports Delhi’s underprivileged women and children, volunteering with organisations who work for this cause. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the US, UK, and Asia, and she helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine. You can find her on her blog.
She also sends out monthly newsletters with book recommendations and writing resources, which you can grab here.