Though not your typical racy thriller, Let Her Rest Now is a page-turner of sorts simply because it has that element of curiosity
What do you do when you’re torn between your need to find your mother’s killer, get a few answers from the man who you think is your father and suspicion that your best friend could probably have been responsible for your mother’s death? That is exactly what Neha, the protagonist in Vijay Nair’s Let Her Rest Now, grapples with.
For a long time after her mother’s brutal murder, Neha is still trying to come to terms with it and is angry with her mother, convinced it was her scheming ways that caused her death. But then a distress call from Samir’s mother takes her to scenic Coonoor. Her best friend has been implicated in the murder of his lover’s paramour and he refuses to speak to anyone but Neha. Upon reaching the hills, Neha learns that the murder bore an uncanny resemblance to the way her own mother was killed, causing her to suspect Samir.
Even as she is grappling with her suspicion and loyalty towards her friend, she comes across the mysterious Sujala, Samir’s lover, and now Neha’s object of affection. Sujala and her husband Kabir, the newest inmates of Coonoor are not popular and are held responsible by the town for ruining the young artist Samir’s life. But to complicate matters, Neha falls for Sujala. How Neha works her way through all these twists and turns and whether she can find her mother’s killer forms the crux of the plot.
Throw in a bit about different sexual orientations, a psychopathic step-father and nosy neighbours, Vijay Nair has the perfect thriller in a small town. Though not your typical racy thriller, it is a page turner of sorts simply because it has that element of curiosity. Through its many strange and disturbing twists the plot looks at how we become the very people we once despised. Nair’s writing style is clean and that makes for an easy read. However, I found the plot a bit loosely strung together. For a novel that revolves around three murders and clandestine love affairs, it lacks pace.
Name: Let Her Rest Now
Author: Vijay Nair
Publisher: Hachette India