[Book Review] Eye On You by Kanchana Banerjee

You’re seen, tracked, and followed everywhere you go. Every line & picture you post; someone is watching. All that information in the wrong hands is a recipe for disaster.

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Eye on You Kanchana Banerjee

Genre: Action/Crime & Thriller

Publisher: Self-published

Length: 188 pages

Publication date: 29 August, 2021

Reading age: 18 years

Format: Kindle

Buy here: https://www.amazon.in/EYE-YOU-Kanchana-Banerjee-ebook/dp/B09DZ5H8RD/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1630984523&refinements=p_27%3AKanchana+Banerjee&s=books&sr=1-1


Blurb

You’re seen, tracked, and followed everywhere you go. Every line & picture you post; someone is watching. All that information in the wrong hands is a recipe for disaster.

You have a smart door, a CCTV; everything is controlled via an app on your mobile phone. All they need to do is to hack into your phone. Anyone can get in, anyone can see you inside your home.

How safe are you inside your home?

Myra is a young, independent, single working woman living in Gurgaon. After a party in her home, she wakes up the following morning and discovers that she has been raped. But she was at home, surrounded by her friends.

Who could have done this to her? Was it one of her friends or a stranger?


My Review of Eye On You

Eye on You is so much more than a standard crime novel. Yes, it has all the right elements to keep you on the edge of your seat. I bet you won’t be able to figure out who the perpetrator is. And when you do find out, you will be as astounded as I was. Maybe you’ll become a little paranoid, too, about your personal safety!

Beyond that, Eye On You is a study of current society and its attitudes towards women and crimes against women. It is a minute look into the lives of the well-heeled — into their cushy apartments, their wild parties, and their IDGAF outlook. It is also a study in the contrast between the lives of the upwardly mobile and the not-so-fortunate.

It was fascinating to see how the women in the novel faced the hatred of other people, no matter what their situation in life is. The self-made Myra is judged for her lifestyle choices that she funds with money that she earns. Whereas, Dipti (a policewoman) is mocked by her mother-in-law for failing to produce a child even though she is not at fault.

What really got my goat is the insinuation (by various characters in the book) that women invite rape because of their revealing clothing, their propensity to post about their personal lives on social media, or their liberated sexual lives. How long will people, both men and women, continue to propagate this nonsense?

You also get a chilling insight into the mind of a rapist. Why do they think you’re “asking for it?”

Eye On You is set in Gurgaon and the AQI of each day is a major talking point. I wasn’t aware that air pollution was such a huge problem there. People familiar with Gurgaon will identify with the various places mentioned.

One of the strong points of the book is its vivid descriptions of characters. The author has imbued each character with a distinct personality. The people come to life through their clothing, mannerisms, and quirks of speech.

I particularly enjoyed the use of Hinglish to make the dialogues more believable and natural. The Haryanvi dialect in Dipti’s speech added to the overall atmosphere of the story.

The take-home message of the book is that the Internet is a dangerous place with all kinds of shady characters lurking in dark corners. You never know who is watching you and how they will use the information that you put out online.

Hackers are getting more sophisticated by the day, helped along by the increasing adoption of “smart,” app-controlled, Web-linked gadgets. They have the power to not only steal all your money but also destroy your life by alienating you from society.

Eye On You is a pacy crime thriller that talks about the dangers of oversharing online, cybercrime, and the misogynist attitudes against women. It is a fascinating look into the inner workings of the human mind and how far one will resort to getting what one wants.

(I received an e-copy of the book from Blogchatter with a request for an honest, analytical review.)


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42 comments on “[Book Review] Eye On You by Kanchana Banerjee”

  1. Great review. You have written it so well. I like reading thrillers and will surely pick up this book.

  2. I don’t know about the book but this post kept me hooked successfully. The way you started it gave me “The Social Dilemma” vibes.
    After living in Gurugram for 3 odd years, this summary felt so close to home. The AQI situation, problem with women safety, these are some definitely real issues.

  3. The premise of the book sounds very interesting, and something everyone who spends time online could identify with. Thanks for the honest review.

  4. Enjoyed reading your review, Satabdi and your analysis. I began reading it today and it is quite a page-turner. Kanchana’s books always have these elements to them that shock you but you want to keep reading to find out what happens next.

  5. This sounds like a very interesting book. I would love to read as this book is addressing cyber crime and much more.

  6. The book sounds like an interesting book to read. The way you reviewed it I really loved and interested to know more about the story. Going to buy it.

  7. Seems interesting storyline. The way you have written review is too appealing for your readers and for me !!! The title is wow… thrilled

  8. I loved the review, Shatabdi. You have brought out the gist of the book so well. I am sure the book is a great thriller. But I don’t read crime and violence.

  9. Looks like a good read, Its been long since I read any thriller, and of course women are responsible for all the evil happening to her or family. Likely to read soon.

  10. Thanks for your detailed review, seems an interesting read… I wasn’t a big fan of Kanchana Banerjee’s last book, because it seemed like her premise was aimed more at shocking the reader than depicting reality which is always more layered… but perhaps that’s changed with this new book!

  11. Which one was her previous book?

    I wouldn’t say Eye On You is firmly rooted in reality because even though I didn’t see the end coming, the way the story meets its conclusion requires a bit of suspension of disbelief.

    I don’t want to say more and give away plot points. If you do read the story, you’ll understand.

    I read a critique of this book recently on Instagram that pointed out all the inaccuracies of the story. I agree with them, but I still enjoyed trying to figure out who the rapist is.

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