When I was offered to read and review Don’s Wife, I was pretty excited. A thriller, centred on the murder of the Wife of a Notorious Don, Kamini at the front door of her own house, the book starts off on a relatively promising note. With the murder and the frenzy that it causes, the author makes you want to read further in the book.
After the Murder the book goes into a flash back, which deals with the rise of Kamini from a simple girl to being the Don’s Wife and politician. Her personal journey, tumultuous relationships and Passion for her work is explored in detail. Having rebelled against her parents to marry the Son of the feared Don, Kamini goes against everything that society deems right to pursue her relationship with Harsh.
When due to circumstances her husband has to take on the mantle of being “Bhai”, she accepts that and stands by his side, even when he has to abandon her and flee the country. Broken by his betrayals and multiple affairs finally she finds Love, and defiantly gives in to her hearts desires, knowing well the consequences. What follows is a saga of Heroes, Villains and tales of betrayals and relationships with unquestionable faith.
The Author Vinod Pande, is a film maker and that is clearly obvious through the pages and the narration of the book. The Story is very strong and has a lot of potential, and Kamini is a very beautiful, strong and a well written character.
Having said that there are a few things that I did not like about the book too, for instance the author uses sex to show love between the characters and there are various scenes depicting sexual encounters between Kamini and Harsh and Kamini and Jayant which neither help nor hamper the story. Especially the scenes about Harsh’s sexual indiscretions in detail could have been avoided as they only make the book seem sleazy and make the story take a backseat.
In chapter 6 Harsh’s mood swings are mentioned, which are critical to the development of his personality but no explanation is given, letting confusion set in about Harsh and his personality. Later the Paedophilia scene explains a lot about harsh and his psychological problems related to sex, but the scene itself shows Harsh in a very bad light. Especially the use of the word “Homo”, though not wrong in terms of the characterisation, but could have been avoided, because any other swear word would have had a similar effect.
Other than these issues the story is a very powerful one, centred on a very powerful character Kamini. I would rate the book 2.5 out of 5 stars because this is a story that has a lot of potential and could have been made more interesting and thrilling had there been sole concentration on the plot.