Canvas of Dreams by Jaya Murty

canvas-of-dreamsRiya is an artist, who has come to Singapore to attend an art conference. Confident yet vulnerable, beautiful Riya is plagued by nightmares, that gets revealed slowly.

While at Singapore, she bumps into Ryan, an old childhood friend who had jilted her long before she got married. Awkward and embarrassed Riya tries her best to avoid him but Ryan seems to have seized the opportunity to renew his friendship with her. And Riya is bewildered to find herself captivated by his charms again. She leaves him abruptly and comes back to Mumbai.

By now we know the background story of her failed love story with Ryan and her own subsequent marriage and widowhood. Her fears and nightmares starts dominating the canvas, once she moves back into her husband’s old house. And this is where she reveals the trauma and the abuse that she had undergone during her marriage with Sidharth.

Riya throws herself at work and wants to open a art studio at her husband’s old house. And she meets Rehaan, an artist. Moody yet friendly Rehaan is a bit bossy yet somehow manages to make Riya smile. Things get complicated when Ryan comes back to Mumbai.

Will Riya ever know the answer as to why Ryan dumped her for Sia, his wife? Will she say ‘yes’ to Rehaan’s proposal?

Plus Points

Jaya is a good story teller who captures the reader’s interest within the first few pages of the book. And she  has beautifully integrated the issue of marital abuse in this story. And the way she maintains the suspense is fantastic and keeps you hooked on. Strong characterization of all the protagonists and lucid writing makes it very easy for the reader to visualize the story; which I feel is a mark of a good writer.

Minus Points

I wished it had been a longer novel rather than a novella 🙂

Cover Image

A special mention for the cover image by Zain Mursaleen. The book cover captures the vulnerability of Riya as she peers through the canvas of her dreams. Beautiful illustration!

Overall Rating: 4/5
Overall Verdict: A must read

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About sumeethamanikandan

Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. She lives in Chennai with her husband and daughter. After a decade long career in dotcom industry, she started working as a content writer from home. She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Perfect Groom’ as a script for a serial, which she converted into a novella for Indireads.
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