Set in the world of fashion in Karachi, Drowning Shadows is a thriller with a spiritual angle. As the protagonist, Hyder Waseem, battles for life, the book retraces his journey at two levels – the physical where he is a successful fashion photographer, and the metaphysical where he is trapped in the haze of his obsession, and forced to confront his failings.
Linked to Hyder are the stories of three women: Natalia, Pakistan’s latest supermodel; Anab, Hyder’s smart and efficient secretary; and Sophie, the fiancée of Hyder’s friend, Osman. The novel explores the characters of these three women and how their past shaped them. It also paints how seemingly different they are, yet inherently similar in terms of their desires and insecurities. Between the four of them pans out a powerful story that weaves together love, pain, lust, revenge and power. Chilling and dark, Drowning Shadows is a devastating depiction of the intricacies of human relationships as well as the ruinous effects of wild ambition.