Writing a psychological thriller is a tricky genre. There are hundred different things you have to take care of to make sure you serve the right mix of elements to the readers. Juggi Bhasin’s latest novel “FEAR IS THE KEY” claims to be one such novel. But does it succeed in keeping the readers hooked till the end? Well, almost…
“Yummimages” is a digital platform run by three people – Rahul, Suhel and Simone. Rahul and Suhel are thick friends since college days and their friendship is one of those unbreakable ones. Then comes Simone who instantly entices Rahul but on the other hand, develops a slow but sure enmity with Suhel. To sort out things between the two, Rahul hosts a party at his house during which Simone mysteriously disappears. Even after the police thoroughly investigate, they are unable to solve the mysterious disappearance of Simone.
Finally, Rahul decides to solve the mystery himself. As he goes further, he realizes he has to battle his inner demons as well as three characters who are so queer that he is left baffled.
What happened to Simone? We find out in the last few pages of the book.
Juggi Bhasin’s writing is clear, to the point and grammatically non complex. There are definitely loopholes, but his ability to hold you till the end compensates for the rest.
The suspense is pretty unexpected and much more complex than I had fathomed. In his quest to convert this novel from a simple thriller to a psychological suspense, Juggi Bhasin delivers a pretty good novel.
The USP of the book is the way Bhasin develops his characters. The character sketches of Simone and Suhel are pretty well done, but it is Rahul’s character that bowls you over. Also, the other three characters who play an integral role in the book are engrossing.
Secondly, the ending of the book is filmy, scary and yet entertaining.
Also, I have to mention inspector Kripal. He was fabulous.
There are flaws indeed. The writer goes into too much depth at times, making few portions slightly boring. Also, the psychiatric sessions between Rahul and Tanya are a bit overdone at times.
The erotica too is slightly over the top.
OVERALL, it is not at all a perfect thriller, but “Fear is the key” is definitely a very good read. I would definitely recommend it.
P.S - I received this book from Writersmelon for an honest and unbiased review.