Kishwar Desai's - "Witness The Night" is a strong idea with a dark story. but which has a happy ending.
I particularly liked the way each chapter is constructed. The first part is from the diary of a girl child, the second is an account of investigation into 13 murders conducted at a house during one night and the last is an e-mail exchange between the investigator and a widow living in the UK.
It would have been easy to get all self indulgent in such a construction but Kishwar Desai keeps the story central and fast paced.
There are a number of social issues raised in the book, but the central one of female feticide in Punjab is depicted in all its darkness. "Witness the Night" is a depressing account of our society, which is deeply disturbing but worth a read.
Rating : 3 / 5