The story begins with the ringing of a door bell on an uneventful late afternoon, to find a stranger on Aisha’s door claiming to be her half-sister. Aisha lets her in reluctantly with a resolve to not let her stay for long. Little did she show that this decision of hers was going to change her and her family’s destiny forever.
Kiran Manral’s Missing,Presumed Dead is multi-layered thriller intelligently weaving emotional turmoil, mental trauma and ups and downs of a relationship in a relatable plot. Aisha and Prithvi’s marriage goes downhill when Aisha starts showing signs of mental illness. Her children try to cope up with the phases in which their mother is in and out of sanity. Aisha struggles to fight the monsters in her head and salvage whatever is left of her dysfunctional marriage.
When Heer, her half-sister, appears at her door to rejuvenate the bond between last of her family connected by blood, Aisha has a fleeting hope that it may do her some good. But destiny had something else in store for her. A couple of days later stuck in bad weather and away from home, Aisha finds herself attracted towards someone who can see beyond the scars on her mind and body. Now it’s her turn to decide whether she wants to go back to her children and her husband who had once loved her or find a new life.
Heer, on the other hand, slips into Aisha’s role conveniently. The kids and Prithvi are initially relieved to let go of the anxiety of living around someone who can become harmful in an instance. But when Heer overstays her welcome, repercussions start arising. Things become all the more complicated when Aisha allegedly commits suicide and Police suspect Prithvi for Aisha’s missing, presumed dead status.
The story is fast-paced and you will find yourself turning pages one after the other. The characters convey their stories convincingly. However, the ending was way too complicated and disappointing for me. It could have been better. There were some stark disparities in the plot but the narration of the story makes up for the loss. If you like thrillers, I don’t think you should miss this one.
About the Author: Kiran Manral is an award-winning Indian author, TEDx Speaker, columnist, mentor and feminist. She has written books across genres in both fiction and nonfiction. Her books include The Reluctant Detective, Once Upon A Crush, All Aboard, Karmic Kids, A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up, The Face at the Window and Saving Maya. She has authored a short series called True Love Stories for Juggernaut. (Source: https://kiranmanral.wordpress.com/)
I received a free copy of this book from the Blogchatter in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.