The story of the novel is very simple and it can be said that it is written in simple form. Kelly is a young girl and lives with her mother in Andaman Island. Amaan, the boatmaker on the sea, is a superman for her. She is very happy in her life and has no tension about her life. But her life became very harsh when a black man came into her home and lives with her mother like a family member; he shares her mother’s bedroom.
She did not know about him but she was too eager to know who he is. And why he came in her house? These are very difficult questions for her to solve. After sometimes she finds a diary that reveals a secret past about her mother’s life.
She asked her mother about him but did not get any answer. Amaan helped her too much to find out the reality, and finally she met her father (black man).
We can feel the thrill (and terror) of the heroine’s journeying in a new world, of her discovery of her mother’s shocking deception, and finally of her catharsis in learning to let decision develop into sympathy and a return to the person and place that almost destroyed her family.
Each child is brought up by parents. His first experience with the parent becomes very decisive, because he is protected, comforted, consoled. Dhar has described the love and emotion of a daughter to her father:
I didn’t know who my father was. I’ve never seen his photograph. I didn’t even know his name because mom never used his name after hers. I didn’t know where he lived. I just had a single letter that verified his presence, somewhere around Me.pg.161.
The old diary explains that she has been keeping secrets from her, and that she must return to the place to resolve some things that happened there with her mother. Kelly is introduced to a whole new life, which is much different than the life she leads in Andaman. The ending is indistinct but anticipated that way so may be readers can draw their own conclusions. It does not spoon-feed the reader, which is stimulating. I loved portions of the book when Kelly decides to meet her father, thinking of her mother, since she doesn’t know the result:
I promise you, we won’t go back today without seeing him. I promise you, mom,” keeping an arm on her shoulder, I gave a faint smile.pg.174.
It can be identified that the author likes the atmosphere and beauty of Andaman very much because the way she has presented the scene of Island is marvelous:
Andaman has a low population density. Its calm and serene atmosphere makes it all the more beautiful at night. Everything starting from the cold waves thrashing the shore, the lights that blink at a distance, the small light that wanderes from the light house showing path to the marine navigators, I have started loving all of it.pg85.
What I liked about the book is that it doesn’t force anything on the reader. My favourite character in the entire book has to be Kelly – the quiet and sympathetic. Kelly is bold, independent and yet sometimes quite not sure of her conclusion, which I liked, as it made her only more human.
All in all, Leema creates the story on the topic of terrorism that could be true and that frightens me also. Author gives it all to you in one book – mystery, thrill, love, emotions, nightmare and above all an interesting story. A lot of writers have written about love, emotions, college life but the topic of terrorism makes this book so different from other writers. I will recommend this novel to everyone.