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Yellow by Janni Visman

The Book:

In her spotless top-floor flat, Stella has created the ultimate cocoon. Her life is impeccably ordered, spare, and completely sealed within her London flat. Everything comes to her—her aromatherapy massage clients, her pharmaceuticals, and her lovers. When Ivan, the gas man, comes to fix a leak in her flat, she asks him to stay to for good. Soon, a Vertigo-like spiral of secrets and betrayals begin to seep through the flat like the acrid, yellow odor of gas. And as the two engage in a brilliantly choreographed erotic dance, Stella’s life gradually slips through her fingers as everything she has sought to control turns against her.

The View:

Two people, each unique and slightly disturbed in their own sense live together as a couple. The only rules of the relationship as decided by Stella before Ivan moved in was ‘No items that would invite questions about the past. Nothing that would provoke inquiry’. But normalcy is beginning to get disturbed since he wore a bracelet from his past. The initials on the bracelet read as S.L and Stella’s obsession begins.

The over-friendly neighbor, the unfaithful cat who does not respond to her kissing noise, her sister Skye who should have always been there for her and obviously Ivan’s betrayal and deceit is having a cascading downfall on Stella. Stella’s thoughts are so vividly described that when you read the book you experience the treatments, the smell of the oils and the effect of a disturbed compulsive mind driving you everyday. Ivan, her neighbour, George the cat and Skye do not appear as much but they have a wide influence on her thoughts allowing us to get a glimpse of all of them clearly.

Visman’s writing is spot-on. The descriptions are detailed and meticulous, yet not boring or repetitive. With just 170+ pages, the story offers a lot more than one would expect. Rated a 4 on 5 and promises that ‘Yellow’ is a book that you could read in a day. If you don’t; you had better get your hectic life in order soon.



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