Shameem Kazmi’s debut novel is a fast-moving psychological thriller set in the dangerous and complex milieu of contemporary Pakistan. The novel is based on a case that the main character, an American called Alex goes to Pakistan to get help with an old personal trauma he had been through. In doing so, he gets into a very big hole that he cannot get out of without facing some serious repercussions. This intense situation calls for a lot of manipulation and psychological manipulation from Alex and from his own friends.
I really enjoyed reading this novel because it was different from the other personal narrative I have had. It was a fast-paced roller coaster ride full of twists and turns that kept me glued to the book till the end. There were multiple personalities present in the novel that kept my interest till the very end. This is a novel I recommend highly to those who are into psychological thrillers and other novels that delve deep into human behavior and the dark side of men Shameem Kazmi.
Kazmi has written a novel that is very realistic while at the same time providing enough entertainment value that all readers can benefit from. Even if you are not a horror lover, this novel will hold your attention and keep you engaged. I would say that it is more of a mental thriller than a horror novel, but it still manages to give many shocks throughout.
The main character of Alex, called Alex is a man who works as a driver for a transport company. He is shown to be a caring and family oriented individual but there is always a darkness that lies just beneath the surface. There is an apparent attraction between Alex and another woman called Safia. The attraction seems to be based on their shared love of motorcycles. Once the relationship develops, both parties find themselves in danger of losing their lives due to a series of unfortunate events.
When talking about personal experiences like this, I feel that the writer did a good job depicting what the character was going through. However, I believe there could have been a few better options for Alex and Safia to pursue. This storyline felt generic and I would have liked to see some added elements that would help make the plot more interesting. For instance, how would the characters react if they discover that the motorcycle they are riding is owned by someone with a violent history?
I believe that the shortcoming of this novel is that it could have been longer if the author wanted. It could have also had a few more twists and turns. If you are looking for a light-hearted romantic comedy with a touch of mystery, then this is a good option for you to read. For me though, it remains one of my favorites.