Book Title: Evoked
Author: Mansi Babbar
Published By: HarperCollins India
Number of Pages: 228
Date Published: Mar. 13, 2023
Price: INR 253
Mansi Babbar’s psychological thriller “Evoked” takes readers on a riveting journey through the lives of identical twins Sama and Sevita, who reside in the tranquil hamlet of Lavasa. While Sevita is popular and friendly, Sama is quiet and shy. When Sevita’s body is discovered in her flat, Sama becomes the prime suspect. As the authorities investigate the case, a labyrinth of lies and secrets unravels, jeopardizing the twins’ family and the entire town of Lavasa.
“Evoked” is an engaging story by Mansi Babbar, brilliantly merging careful writing with an aura of tension that persists throughout. The story dives into serious subjects such as mental health, the intricacies of human emotions, and the difficulties parents experience while trying to understand their children’s actions.
Furthermore, the novel depicts the adolescent experience intimately, capturing moments of rebellion, first love, and the battle to find one’s identity. The novel’s strength resides in its rich and believable characters and its storyline, which is full of surprising twists and turns. The cornerstone of this page-turner is family, secrets, and vengeance, which keeps readers guessing until the last pages.
The richness of its characters is one of Evoked’s most noticeable features. Sama and Sevita, two separate characters with opposing personalities, are well-developed and sympathetic. Despite their penchant for gloom, the authors inspire empathy for both protagonists. Inspector Mohite, a flawed but committed detective dealing with personal issues, stands out among the supporting cast.
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The plot of the story is a maze of twists and turns. The story’s unexpected plot increases the reader’s interest and enthusiasm to find the truth. The novel effectively addresses compelling issues like family relationships, the weight of hidden information, and the devastating force of retribution. These ideas flow seamlessly together, engaging thought while heightening the tension.
Though a short book, “Evoked” is gripping, providing a well-written, thrilling tale that deftly addresses thought-provoking issues. Fans of psychological thrillers will be wholly engrossed in this story. It deftly dissects the twins’ complex relationship, depicting their links of strength and turmoil. The notion of vengeance throughout the plot reveals its potential for tragedy and catastrophe. Finally, “Evoked” is a fascinating tale that keeps readers guessing until the last reveal. This book is for those who like psychological thrillers and want an engaging and pleasant read.
The book review was first published in Storizen Magazine May 2023 issue.