Laxmi’s Hariharan’s new book, The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, is a white-knuckle ride through the disintegrating streets of Bombay as a terrifying encounter with a molester on a train propels our heroine from her everyday commute into a battle for survival – her own survival and the survival of the city she loves.
What I like best about Laxmi’s writing is her powerful and unique voice, a voice that drags you into Ruby’s world and Ruby’s perspective and doesn’t let you go until the nail-biting ending. (And not really then, as there’s another book, The Second Life of Ruby Iyer to come). It’s refreshing to have a strong woman at the centre of a book set in India, and Ruby is as strong as they come, yet not above the temptations of love with supercool but dangerous cop Vikram.
The book is a YA fantasy thriller and uses all the scope that genre offers to tell a story that has some distant reminders of The Hunger Games. Once Ruby has started on her quest to find the sinister Dr B who is at the heart of the disasters that continually strike Bombay, she doesn’t let up, and nor do her enemies. It’s a no-holds-barred bloody battle to the death and perhaps beyond that gives Bombay, a city that Ruby passionately loves and hates, a starring role. I found it hard to put down.
There are some astounding revelations along the way, but I’m not going to give anything away. I’ll just say that I guarantee you’ll be glued to the roller-coster ride of this remarkable book. And you won’t be the only one – it was the number one hot new release in Asian literature on Amazon over its launch weekend.
The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer is Laxmi’s second book, following on from the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). She has been a journalist and a global marketer with NBCU and MTV.
Laxmi also blogs for Huffington Post, among others. London is where she writes. Bombay is what fires her imagination.
Reach her on ~Twitter (@laxmi) or at http://www.laxmihariharan.com/.