Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Mrs Varman

 

Trigger warning: physical abuse, death, kidnapping

 

This is a book you certainly can't put down and that causes your mouth to distort in every possible way once you reach the end, because of shock. What a fascinating character Julia is, and quite unpredictable with that! To be able to see her through the POVs of other characters was a plus as I always felt we learned more about one person ( good or bad things, that is) from other people's perspectives. Sometimes we are even led to learn more than Julia on some characters and to outsmart her. Knowledge is power and knowing about Vijay's past certainly is proof of it.

Through issues that women face both in literature and in real life whether it's adulthood in general, marriage, or children, the story feels ancient despite being set in modern India, reinforcing the idea that there is a fine line between the present and the past. Bangalore is allowed to possess a colorful and complex world-building, establishing a place that criminals and ordinary citizens share.

Suresh, Vijay, Pinky, Sachin, and others warm our hearts, burn our cheeks with tears and each page seizes our attention. If you're looking for a novel full of twists and turns with a great set of characters, omniscient narration, and a rich depiction of Indian culture, you're in for a wild ride. Mrs. Varman is THE book to read to complete your 2022 reading year.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for granting this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Rating system: 4 out of 5 samosas.