Title: The Anonymous
Author: Nidhi Kukreja
Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers
No. of pages: 180
Recommended for: YA and above
“As I sat down, my eyes rested on the
envelope lying on the doormat, For Natasha, the writing on it said. I panicked,
this cant is him again! I hurriedly opened it and his words made me cry out
The Anonymous is the story of Natasha, a victim of sexual violence, assault, harassment, and rape, who was a happy, cheerful girl, but she is now cold, heartbroken and weak! During her recovery, she was dragged into a vicious cycle of nightmares by the letters, that just wouldn’t let her move on.
“Dreams are woven and seamed when the bloodsheds”
But the path we move on is always not easy; Hurdles, difficulties, issues, problems bring you down, but the inspiration and spirit to go ahead keep you focused and determined. It is not easy, sometimes we get lost and trapped.
Is she trapped by it? Or is she forced into a cycle of self-harm and depression? Is it a fight to survive? Is there really no escaping the past?
“Hello. Don’t put the book down just yet, pick it. You are welcome to my world.” – The Anonymous
I got a review copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
With such an exciting synopsis to the book, I was very much excited going into it and I can now say that I was certainly not disappointed.
The Anonymous is the story of Natasha, tortured and raped to the point of no return, and yet we commend her strong spirit for not bending and her enduring resilience in the face of such grotesque odds. The author has worked on Natasha’s character. From the beginning of the book, until the very end, we see her change and her evolution as a person of her own rights is gradual and startlingly, very real.
With a strong narration, and just as many twists and turns, this story only extends its strong base on the other characters, who are just as dynamic as the protagonist, and vary on the spectrum just as much when it comes to their characteristics. The way the author has depicted the different types of people in society, is amazing to see.
The chapters which spoke about the trauma that Natasha had to go through, as she recounted the incidents or even lived them, were utterly vivid and draws a picture in the reader’s inner eye. As such, in this respect, a little rigger warning for rape, torture, mental harassment etc. It is not a pretty picture, but it is a real picture nonetheless. With a great narrative and a must as great, if not greater, narration, this book was one I really enjoyed reading this book a lot.
I quite enjoyed the book and it left an indelible imprint on my mind for sure. I rate it a 4/5 stars.
About the reviewer:
Nayanika Saikia, is one of the foremost book reviewers from the North-east and Assam, and is also an admin for the official India bookstagram page on Instagram. She publishes her own reviews and recommendations for poetry, fiction, non-fiction etc. on her bookstagram account @pretty_little_bibliophile which won the NorthEast Creator Awards 2018, as well as in daily newspapers, online magazines etc. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .