The perfect plan for the perfect heist-a team of con-men, foolproof disguise and a painting worth millions, nothing could have gone wrong. But something did… A man fnds himself on a bus to Manali with nothing but some cash and severe memory loss . Embarking on a frantic hunt for his identity, he begins to discover that his presence in Manali isn’t an accident. The closer he gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes. Ghosts from his past haunt him as he finds himself trapped between his doppelganger, the police, a sadistic gangster and his own dwindling sanity. The journey of the search for his identity ends up being a race for survival.
The Doppleganger by Prateek Yadav is a psychological thriller. This book is a page turner and the way the author plays with the minds of the readers is just perfect. This book can either make you love the author or you can end up getting totally confused.
The cover is tricky and it looks like a psychological trap for the reader and it reminds us of those ways to hypnotize a person. The title is just perfectly suitable.
The plot is layered and can surely make you predict the culprit wrong. This is the strongest point of the author where he proves his readers wrong and by this way the readers don’t mind also.
The author engrosses the reader with the journey of Sameer who seems to be struggling with memories with strangers and many more. The mystery deepens when Gupta, a retired police officer who is now a disillusioned guard enters the story. He provides the vital link to the story of Sameer and then emerge Prakash & Palash – the twins, Dr. Robert, Amit and Rai. Who is the evil guy or are all of the thugs out to get each other? The story becomes quite murky while we try to unravel the clues.
The author has created suspense from the very first page and this is a perfect instance of a psychological thriller. The drama, action and the way with which the scenes have been delineated are impeccable. This story surely puts you in a tabula rasa state where you are unable to guess the culprit. Gupta’s side story adds spice to it.
The style of writing is poignant. The shift in point of views makes it intriguing. The editing is good whereas the descriptions are perfect. The use of flashbacks added flavor to it.