Filmmaker and screenwriter Abhinav Kashyap of the Dabangg fame recently unveiled the novel The Crossfire of Love, a racing psychological romantic thriller by US-based author Dhiren Tiwari.
Within days of the release, the novel has topped the WH Smith Bestseller charts and has garnered high praise from both critics in print and television, and reviewers on social cataloging website Goodreads.
“Contemporary characters with deep internal conflicts and fractured souls, the book are a provocative read that inspired me to introspect and heal myself,” said Abhinav Kashyap.
With The Crossfire of Love, Tiwari is fast establishing his position as a leading author in India’s thriving mass market paperback publishing space that is marked by a voracious appetite for the romance and suspense genres.
In this tightly paced fiction, Tiwari deftly combines the two high demand genres and embroils the reader in an unforgettable journey of intrigue that is reminiscent of the works of some of the most well-loved crime and mystery writers such as Sidney Sheldon, Stieg Larsson, Gillian Flynn, and Paula Hawkins, all of whom Tiwari cites as his literary inspirations.
Set in the fictional kingdom of hilly Attanooga, the visually evocative novel is an explosive #MeToo story told from the perspectives of Saira, a failed journalist obsessed with reviving her career through a show on the life and times of Attanooga’s dead queen, and Amaan, the deceased queen’s son. The twists and turns in the fate of star-crossed lovers are akin to the nail-biting drama that would at times squeeze the gut. As Saira and Amaan look to rekindle their doomed relationship, they stumble upon a deadly secret that threatens to smear the royal family’s legacy and push the people of Attanooga to the brink of apoplectic destruction.
Much like the characters, the reader is held in deliberate uncertainty, lulled into a false sense of security, only to have the rug pulled under them in the climax — all at a tense, gripping pace. The surreal feeling of watching rather than reading the unraveling of the minds of Saira and Amaan is entirely due to Tiwari’s narrative technique that relies heavily on skill for his other passion — screenwriting for movies.
The stark dichotomy of Attanooga’s landscape — with its fiery volcanoes nestled in harsh winter snow — serves as an unnerving reminder of the complex ‘do-or-die’ choices that the flawed, multi-layered and morally ambiguous central characters are forced to make, as well as the clash between the primal forces of nature and nurture, a dominant theme in the book.
“There are no heroes in this book. The characters inhabit confused worlds with foggy pasts and are thrown into situations where they have to make life-altering decisions. The novel is essentially a dive into the complexities of the mind and the instinctive need to define boundaries between good and evil,” Dhiren Tiwari.
The Crossfire of Love is Dhiren Tiwari’s second book after his debut novel Punk Sunk Love published in 2016. You can grab a copy of The Crossfire of Love on Amazon and Flipkart.