09 April, 2019

#BookReview :: Hush a Bye Baby by Deepanjana Pal



Dr. Nandita Rai is the gynecologist for the stars. She is on TV and radio every other week talking about women's issues. She is a South Mumbai feminist. Every woman wants her to be their doctor.

Until the Mumbai Police raid her clinic when they get a complaint that she does sex selective abortions. Is the celebrity doctor aborting female fetuses? If she is, then the police need to build a watertight case. Dr. Rai has friends in high places, her patients clam up and her paperwork is clean.

The case seems to be going nowhere until Sub-inspector Reshma Gabuji begins to dig up Dr. Rai s secret online presence and uncovers a ruthless vigilante group.


Goodreads * Amazon



Dr. Nandita Rai is a successful gynecologist, whose client list has some of the biggest names of this country. She is well known for speaking out about social causes and bringing the spotlight on issues many prefer to keep buried. Everyone wants to know her personally or be like her.  That is until the police get a tip and raid her clinic leading to many questions. Does Nandita, the modern feminist actually enable female feticide? Good thing that Reshma is handling the investigation in this case.

What I expected when I picked up this book was a healthy dose of drama, a section for preaching about social issues and maybe a pinch of thrill. But I was pleasantly surprised and I genuinely enjoyed reading a thriller by an Indian author after a long time. 

Reshma Gabuji is an interesting character. A female sub-inspector with a curious mind and witty nature won me over. I liked how she worked the case and would certainly want this book to be just the first in the series for Reshma Gabuji. Nandita Rai is a complex character in certain ways because there were moments that made me question her character. I wished for a little more insight into her personality. The supporting characters failed to make any sort of impression on me. Somehow, even while contributing to the story, they came off as these grey characters that really deserve to be in the shadows.

The book has a steady pace wherein the author has expertly scattered clues for readers to pick up on them. That sure kept the pages turning and it built up the plot to the climax nicely. That’s where the book fell a bit flat as everything else in the book had indicated towards an explosive climax. But the final reveal fell a bit short in execution leaving me feeling slightly disappointed. I also have to mention that the author has delivered a book that talk about a number of social issues without being preachy about it. They are beautifully weaved into the story.

Overall, this book provided me a pleasant surprise in between the covers and I will be keeping my eye out for the author’s books in the future. 


Review Copy received from Juggernaut

This post is a part of A to Z Challenge and BlogchatterA2Z

4 comments:

  1. Sounds interesting. Been long since I read an IWE crime fiction, and don't recollect one with a female lead detective. Will add it to my never-ending TBR. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nice review. Good work. Its so courageous of you to write book reviews as the theme.
    #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

    ReplyDelete
  3. This came up in my Juggernaut recommendations but I was a little skeptical about reading it. But going by your review it sounds like an interesting book. Hope to pick it up some time soon.

    ReplyDelete
  4. A wonderful review! adding it in my TBR

    ReplyDelete