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July 16, 2019

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Penguin 
Genre - Short stories
Publishing year - 2019
Language - English
ISBN - 978-0-143-44197-7
Pages - 198


My Review - 

Cheaters by Novoneel Chakraborty are a collection of nine short stories. The plot revolves around extramarital affairs and lies woven by the partners. The cover page is attractive and tempting. 

All nine stories are based on the hidden sexual desires of the characters. Few stories will tell you about the women's fantasies, while others leave a mark on your mind when you think about why anyone cheats. The stories are dark and narrated very well. Man and women live with each other, but if they are sexually incompetent, they will start looking for different ways to fulfill their desires. Humans are trained to live in a moral perimeter since birth, whether emotional, ethical, or social. The mind will keep a person sane or limited, while the heart works on primal instinct. 

The characters listen to their heart, but they are bound by responsibilities which lead them to lies, one after the other. The lustrous desires played a prepotent part in the life of female protagonists. The male characters share the same amount of lust and have hidden secrets. Few characters like Meera and Siya from The Whore and the Wife and The Flight is on Time stand out. 

The barrier of domestic life forced Radhika to change her identity because, in Indian society, a woman has to ask for permission all the time from her in-laws and husband. They treat women like prized trophies and think that their only work is to take care of their spouse's parents and do whatever they are told.

In another story, Devang didn't come out from his closet and married Kratika, the fantasies about a different person will connect them sensually. The language is simple. Novoneel Chakraborty smoothly narrates the dark and deepest desires of a person. The story unfolds many layers of hidden emotions. One can finish reading it in a few hours. I recommend this thrilling and captivating novel to adults.

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Novoneel Chakraborty

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