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Abyss – Review

Hello Bibliophiles! I hope your bookish journey is going smooth! ❤️

Today, I’m reviewing Sabarna Roy’s “Abyss”.




About the book

Abyss is a full length play in two acts with an interval in between. It is essentially a racy crime thriller full of gritty suspense. Act one builds up slowly to result in a crescendo of conflicts between personalities and ideas finally to end with an unnatural death before the interval. Is it a suicide or a murder? Act two evolves through a series of incisive interrogations to unravel the truth, which is deeply disturbing and affecting.

As the play unfolds into a very well crafted situational thriller, underneath is the debate about using land for agriculture or for industry, the ethics of a working author and the nexus of a modern state all wonderfully enmeshed into its storyline and the personal lives of its subtly etched out characters. The highpoints of the play are its central conflict between a mother and her daughter and its female sleuth, Renuka.



A crime thriller revolving around a murder and politics inside a family, Abyss shines out for being simple, yet meaningful. The Kolkata backdrop of the book plays really well into the story, and a murder in the family gets every member under the sharp lens of Renuka Sanyal, a former IPS officer who’s now a detective.

This 120-page book shows perfectly how power can create a wall of hatred between family members, how power can destroy a person from inside and how ignorance of society’s issues can lead to rebellion in the mind of the heir apparent to the company in the centre of the book.

Writing style of Subarna sir is quite simple, yet convincing. He cleverly blends love and politics together, which makes it more interesting. Another highlight is the way it is written. Totally written as a play, this book smartly cuts out on all the drama a crime book normally has. And, through limited characters, Subarna sir cuts on too much confusion and plot diversion.

The book is a perfect blend of politics, suspense and societal pressures. Beautifully woven, this book was one of my best reads of last year. I loved this book for its sheer simplicity & honest character portrayals. Read it to find who’s the murderer and why he/she committed this murder and his/her motive behind the murder.



Can’t speak more about this book as what I wanted to say has been said above. Just read to enjoy a Indian suspense ride that’s full of politics, love and hatred. I will definitely recommend this book to every bibliophile!


Title: Abyss
Author: Sabarna Roy
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
Rating: 10/10 ❤️




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