Book: Lost Without Her
Author: Pournima Navani
Genre: Crime Thriller, Fiction
Published by: Srishti Publishers
Number of pages: 224 pages
My Rating: 5/5
MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of “Lost Without Her” by Pournima Navani in exchange for an honest review.
First of all, I would like to commend the author for having the courage to tackle such a difficult subject. We read about such horrific incidents involving young children almost on a daily basis.
The story is set in the sleepy town of Marsti in the state of Tamil Nadu. One quiet afternoon, Samantha George, the six-year old daughter of Inspector Anthony George, is abducted. Though there is an extensive search for her, only her body is found, that too showing evidence of a violent assault.
Inspector Tony, who recently lost his wife, now struggles to come to terms with his daughter’s violent death. However, he is determined that her death should not go unpunished. He launches an investigation into her abduction and death. Even though he is suspended from the police for his unstable behaviour, he continues with his hunt for Samantha’s rapist and killer assisted by some loyal friends and colleagues.
Tony discovers that the town of Marsti contains a lot of dirty secrets which come out as Tony digs deeper to uncover the truth. Tony also finds a connection to a similar crime committed many years ago. This leads him to suspect that there is a serial killer on the loose and takes him across Chennai, Bangalore and Tiruchirappalli. Will Tony be able to catch the killer on time before another young child becomes a victim?
The tension in the story is built up wonderfully. I recommend this book to readers as it is an engrossing, interesting and taut thriller that will keep you guessing till the end.