Book Name: The Lost Daughter
Author: Anchal Rana Aggarwal
Publisher: Petals Publishers and Distributors
Finding herself at some deserted isolated land Anika is not able to comprehend that how she landed here. Her mother ACP Inayat Bakshi faces the worst nightmare of her life when she discovers that not only her daughter has been raped but she has also lost her memory and fails to recognize her. While Anika tries to embrace the given identity, she is yet not able to understand if everything is for real. ACP faces the toughest case of her life where there is no lead and tries to break the ice with whatever power she has. Anika discovers about the life she had been living before her memory loss from a diary journal she fetches from her cupboard. Truth divulges to be a real shock. Meanwhile, Anika builds courage to move forward in life and discovers love but is this love real? ACP Inayat too has kept some secrets of her life from her daughter. Will Anika accept her mother even after discovering the truth? Will they both be able to build that solid bond of reconciliation? Will there be justice? Will destiny be good to them? Will they be able to fight and break the society norms?
The title of this book and the blurb intrigued me so much that I ended up reading it in straight three hours. There was this constant urge to know the story which made me read it so soon. I would say I'm impressed. The author has penned this novel beautifully.
Coming to the story, it is about a girl, Anika who finds herself in the hospital with no memory. She learns that she has been raped and the rapists had attempted to kill her. She fails to recall anything of her past. She doesn't even recognize her mother who happens to be a police officer. With no memory about that terrifying day, will Anika know who did wrong things to her? Will her mother catch the culprits?
The story is really gripping. I totally loved it. The author has plotted it excellently by giving attention to minute details. There aren't any loopholes in the story. The pace of the story has been maintained well. The narration is done from the point of view of Anika and that of her mother alternately. It has been done really well. You will not be confused at any point in time while reading the book. The first person narrative is a cherry on the cake. The characters have been well portrayed. You feel connected with the characters. The emotions have been depicted well.
This book will urge you to turn its pages. The story seems realistic at every page. However, I found the end a bit filmy (something that I felt).
On the whole, I would say this book is really something. In the present times where there are numerous love stories published in a month, this book seems to crave a path for its own. A matured read, it is!
My overall rating for 'The Lost Daughter' is 4.5/5 stars.
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