Book Review: #IAm16ICanRape: Kirtida Gautam



#IAm16ICanRape by Kirtida Gautam is a novel tense, painful, politically incorrect, very contemporary thriller where through the banality of the story touches the sore spots of the relationship between human beings, that emerge in the twenty-first century.

Rudransh Kashyap is a self-made billionaire and gentleman of soaring character but his existence is whacked when he returns home one day to discover that his prodigy, his 16-year-old grandson, Aarush, has been detained and accused of a vicious gang rape. This case takes an extraordinary twist when Aarush's identity is made public on social media.

The tragedy that befalls them suddenly brings out the worst of them as Rudransh finds himself living a nightmare as he fights in opposition to terrific odds to get justice for Aarush, to save him and to get him back home and is faced with the alternative whether to save the child, for his conduct, or protect him to the bitter end, with that undisputed and indisputable love.

This is a novel about intolerance, but above all about the hypocrisy, the creeping of the evils, the one that is never revealed until something extreme happens. Eventually a few justifies their children regardless of the seriousness of the act committed. It comes out even concealed racism of an entire society that pretends to be evolved until it touches them in person.

The picture that emerges at the end paints a chilling glimpse of our society where no value has importance if not for their own personal gain; even the household comes out unless the individual is unique. What you would not do to protect their children? But everything has its limits, morality, conscience and belief, in the conception of the world and of something beyond this world. Escaping the justice of men does not mean escape the justice of society.

It is a very interesting novel that can be read in one breath, where no one is completely innocent. It is a provocative thriller, that with a crescendo of suspense, punctuated by spontaneous and uncontrollable reactions, and shocking revelations by the characters, about the life of contemporary society, starting with one of its key points the family.

The book is very original with excellent characterization and well written with skill where you understand that the author has a gift for a good pen and the ability to grasp the small things and credibly showing the amorality of the times in which we live.

The characters in this story are outlined with care and attention to their physical and moral turpitude as the character of each one emerges in the course, revealing hidden faces and dark sometimes surprising. This obviously puts everything into play, successful careers, the future of young people. There are those who would opt for a solution even more questionable, according to the principle that the end justifies the means, in order to save the reputation and future of the child, who pronounce, however, for a more rigorous and respectful justice.

The book is very nice and has a dry style and streamlined which allows fast reading that can be read in one breath, well written, with a fast-pace and is engaging, with some time jump useful to better understand the behaviour of the characters. All true, but the highest mark this novel deserves it because the author has chosen to confront us to a distressing question what would we be willing to do to protect ourselves and our children?

To conclude, this is a psychological drama, perfect, haunting, beautifully written and excellent in characterization as the reader will therefore typically have to take the side of one of the two factions and it will not be that difficult because it will be brought to reason not following the law, but coming strongly, accompanied by the author, turbulent soul of the true protagonist.

The author is formidable in describing gestures and moods with a book extremely addictive for the style and the subject with a chilling novel that sees the centre of the parent-child relationship, but also a novel with exclusion in all its forms, not just one that concerns the different, the derelict, but also that of those who choose to reject the code of civil life.


Publisher: Read Out Loud Publishing ○ Published: 2015 ○ ISBN-13: 978-8193136027 ○ Language: English ○ Binding: Paperback ○ Pages: 593