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Book Review: Birds of Prey

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// This review has been published in the “Book Reviews” section on Women’s Web. Below is the link:

http://www.womensweb.in/2017/04/birds-of-prey-book-review/

I am an ardent follower of author Archana Sarat’s Saturday Shots. So, when I got to know about the launch of her debut novel, I was keen to read it. The day I received the novel, I was already in the midst of reading another one of a different genre. Hence, I decided to park “Birds of Prey” aside till I completed the current one. But, the book cover and the words of appreciation from Jitesh Pillai, the editor of Filmfare, made me curious and the plot, as I figured from the synopsis, compelled me to read the prologue. The pacy and intriguing prologue kept me hooked and the twist at the end of it caught me unaware. From then on, the book was unputdownable for me and I just could not stop myself from turning the pages to find out how the story unfolds. Thankfully, the universe conspired to help me read the book at one go by making my toddler fall asleep right when I began to do so.

“Birds of Prey”, a publication of Readomania, is based on the rampant issue of child sexual abuse which makes it very socially significant. The grim and heart-breaking truth is that it is probably happening somewhere as I write this review. It’s an uneasy coincidence that the day I got my hands on the book was the same day when the recent incident of child sexual abuse at a famous preschool in Bangalore had shaken us all up. Having worked as a volunteer with a NGO that rescues and rehabilitates human trafficking victims, I have some experience in counseling the victims of child sexual abuse and hence, have had a glimpse into the minds of the little ones impacted by it. This makes me a bit wary about reading a book on a related subject because I wonder if the issue has been sensationalized or handled with maturity and depth. However, the good news is that this fast-paced, brave and, at times, stomach churning novel has largely been successful in not only sensitively handling the topic, but also in delving into the mind of the victim.