It lurks in the shadows. It lives in your worst nightmares. It feeds on your deepest fears. It's the Master Trickster, and it's coming to get you. When she loses her parents in an accident, Diya Mathur's world collapses around her. As far as she knows, she's alone in the world now - till a mysterious letter arrives from India. Suddenly, Diya has a chance at being part of a family again. But moving from Boston to India also brings Diya closer to the place where the horror of the Chakwa - the Master Trickster -- first started. As bodies and tragedies pile up around her, Diya's belief in the urban myth of the Chakwa increases. Will the monster that ruined her parents' life now destroy Diya's happiness? Or will she manage to defeat him at his own game? With the help of her newly discovered friends and family, Diya must fight not just the monster from her nightmares, but also make sense of a fast-unravelling web of lies that makes up her life.
Vinaya Bhagat is an IT professional and author. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and have been shortlisted in national and international writing competitions. The Trickster is her debut novel. Vinaya grew up with her face partly obscured by the books she was reading. She knew more about her favourite characters than her next-door neighbours. When not reading, she was writing and immersing herself in imaginary worlds. Writing took a backseat as she pursued a career in IT until a fateful day in December 2006, when, on a cold winter morning in Dallas, Texas, she was in a near-fatal car crash. She was flown to Parkland hospital, where during her lengthy recovery from wounds of body and mind, she once again found solace in writing and picked up the pen with renewed focus. Vinaya lives in Bangalore, India, with her husband, who is a radiologist, and her eight-year-old son. Weekends find her inventing games and stories with her son.