The Japanese say you have three faces.
The first face, you show to the world.
The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family.
The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are.
This line of thought probably comes from James Calvell’s 1975 novel Shogun: “It’s a saying they have, that a man has a false heart in his mouth for the world to see, another in his breast to show to his special friends and his family, and the real one, the true one, the secret one, which is never known to anyone except to himself alone, hidden only God knows where.”
Author Gautam Dutta has uncorked a heady, suspenseful story in Strangers With Known Faces. The five friends are the central characters in this audacious mystery, which reinvents the story of Shanayas mysterious death. Blossoming friendship to ego and misunderstanding and finally to breakup and even hampering the fabric of democracy was something which I never thought I would be able to digest. But author has managed the write-up this story so well.
Gautams interest for Science, pyschology,Philopsophy and International Geo politics is very well reflected in the story.
As per the author, This book started as a confession- an indirect message he wanted to convey to certain people. This was an attempt at mixing two popular but distinct genres of fiction- the romantic drama, and the conspiracy thriller.The cover conveys the theme of the book- about how people hide their true selves behind a false facade. Ironically speaking, the mask that people choose to wear actually reveals a lot about themselves.
The Strangers With Known Faces nicely interweaves details about how friends turn strangers and the different complex relationships between them.
Gautam Dutta’s writing is both satisfying and spare. The dialogue is brisk and realistic, and the story has a roller-coaster quality and a headlong pace. The book cleverly balances flashbacks and the story line- gripping the story as much as it could but sometimes in the middle, I felt the book was suddenly getting slow paced.
Nevertheless, the readers are kept hooked about the suspense ummm.. most of the times…