Book reviews

Book review: Invisible Ties by Nadya A.R.

Title- Invisible Ties
Author- Nadya A.R.
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Format- Paperback
Pages- 272
Genre- Fiction
Publication date- 23 Aug 2017
Ratings- 5/5

Book blurb:
As Karachi burned in the 1990s, the painfully shy Noor Kamal found refuge in an antique jade mirror stolen from Daisy, her social butterfly mother. One fateful day, the violence hits home as a motley crew of burglars storm the Kamal residence, killing Joseph, the faithful driver who tried to shield Noor and kidnapping Daisy in the process.
Traumatized by the turn of events and succumbing to familial pressure, Noor reluctantly agrees to start life afresh in Singapore as the wife of Meekaal Kalim, an investment banker. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Noor finds succour in studying psychotherapy.
Her attempt to heal others brings her close to Ella, her neighbour and Jake, a handsome American who is struggling to deal with his emotional breakdown. As she tries to exorcise ghosts from the past and break free from the shackles, where will Noor’s longing for love take her? Would she be able to liberate herself from her strong cultural values and ties?
A saga of love and trials, against a rich contrasting background, Invisible Ties is sure to appeal to the readers.

My review:

Noor Kamal, an ordinary girl with yet an extraordinary mystery who has spent most of her life with caretakers. She finds refuge in her mother’s jade mirror. And later, reluctantly agrees to start life afresh in Singapore as the wife of Meekaal Kalim, an investment banker. .

Some stories even though being predictable from the very beginning leaves an incredible impact in the end and that’s what this book did to me. I loved it. From the cover to narration, use of imagery and sculpting out the characters. I simply loved it all. The blurb had no indication that the plot would be this impactful. And that renders this book to be more compelling.

Elucidation of South Asian culture felt like relishing the tapestry of colors into a few pages. The vibrancy of their food, places and the arena is profoundly portrayed. Also, the ending has my heart. You know a kind of book that haunts you to speculate the character’s tragic life yet the satisfaction you have that you actually read the book. Got that exact feeling! This book is about loss, death, abuse, and love. Love of every kind. Dwelling without parents and continuing the existence.

This book is for the people who would love to read the sheer writing infused with emotions.

Also, thanks to @rupa_publications for the copy.✨

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