Book Name- What Mina Did
Author- Geeta Menon
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Buy it from- Amazon
A single betrayal can cost you everything… 1998. Twenty-two-year-old Mina is moving to the US from Bangalore to begin a new life with her husband. Then there’s a horrific murder and her life is turned upside down. Mina’s best friend Neelu helps her out of the abyss.
Mina gradually leaves her past behind and settles into a new life in the US. Years later, she is forced to return to India and is confronted by the demons from her past. In her fragile mental state, she is unable to support Neelu in her time of need. Their friendship hits rock bottom. Mina goes back to the US and faces further hurdles, this time on the work front. She tries to make amends with Neelu, but their friendship ends with Neelu accusing Mina of something unimaginable related to the murder.
Something, that deep down, Mina knows is true… Will Mina redeem herself? Will the people she loves forgive her for what she did? Alternating between flashbacks and the present day, What Mina Did explores how one betrayal can have catastrophic consequences, while delving into the complex bonds that link mothers and daughters, and best friends.
The cover of the book ‘What Mina Did’ by Geeta Menon is what attracted me in the beginning. The cover itself suggests a book filled with suspense.
The plot of the book goes like this. After an extremely tragic incident, Mina moves from Bangalore to U.S. with her husband, Vijay. However years later she had to come back to India to sell her mother’s house which in turn made her face her past demons. Mina’s trauma made her suffer a lot. She had anxiety, panic attacks, hypertension, sleepless nights due to nightmares etc. Mina was hiding something which in turn was slowly killing her. On coming back to Bangalore, she got to meet with her friend Neelu again but the secret that Neelu reveals leaves Mina in a state of frenzy and shock. She wonders how she would be able to help her. But due to some unavoidable circumstance, Mina returned back to U.S. damaging her already fragile relationship with Neelu.
Even though I expected the book to be some kind of murder mystery, it was quite a different read. It was a story filled with suspense, crime, love and betrayal. It shows how a single betrayal can change your life and make you face a series of consequences. The whole plot had sounded way too interesting from the beginning and so I had to pick it up.
The language, the writing style and the character development, all has been done brilliantly by the author. The author pens down the story in a brilliantly lucid manner and makes the plot tightly packed with descriptive details. However, even though I expected the plot to be promising, it did not live upto the expectation towards the end. The climax in the end didn’t surprise me because it was somewhat predictable.
A story filled with suspense should keep the readers guessing till the end and then have a completely surprising end. But that wasn’t the case with this one. The author starts with one storyline in the beginning but midway switches to another. It’s not uncommon to do so but both the storylines should be given equal importance. I would have like it more if the author had stuck to the original storyline and not gotten sidetracked.
However, I loved the concept and the book would have been way more interesting if the author had executed the plot better.
Overall Rating: 3/5
I would like to thank Rupa Publications for sending a copy of the book my way for an honest, unbiased opinion.