The Shadow in the Dark revolves around the friendship between an eight-year old boy from a troubled and poverty stricken background and a twelve-year-old girl from a liberal and affluent family. Simplicity and incence were the basis of their friendship, formed at a tender age. As years roll by, their association faces the stark reality-the differences in their background. As teenagers, they went in different directions; the girl leaves for higher education, while the boy gets arrested and convicted for murder. They meet again as adults, and begin to face the world, families and personal relationships together, drawing strength from each other and learning through each other's perspective, but only for a brief period of time.
The author Zara Raj completed schooling in Pune and moved to Delhi for modelling assignments. Eventually, she headed to the US to pursue Business Development. An avid reader since childhood, animal rights activist and a keen follower of politics and current affairs, Zara has varied interests. After she was back to India, she worked in her family-run cafe for two years. During this time, she found herself more involved in observing and interacting with customers, which finally led her to take a year-long break and write her first fictional novel. After her father passed away, she was raised by her mother along with two elder sisters, which is why she constantly researches stories of strong women in leadership roles. Currently, Zara Raj is residing in Pune with her husband, her cat, Pichku, and her dog, Penny.