30 December, 2015

Book Review - The Bestseller She Wrote

There’s no two ways about this book. It is an intriguing read from start to finish. With characters that are so achingly real and situations that you’ve heard from gossip vines – this novel covers it all in a careful and thoughtful way.

IMO: The Bestseller 'He' Wrote ;)

Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian weaves his story around the concept of love with all its finesse and flaws that makes for a rich read. Loving two people at the same time and falling in love after marriage are the two main concepts at the center of this novel. Love, lust, betrayal, manipulation and hunger for power – Ravi Subramanian handles these elements with gentleness and a firmness that engulfs you, keeping you turning those pages fervently.

What's the story about?
The story follows the explosive happenings when bestselling author Aditya Kapoor and ambitious Shreya Kaushik meet. Riding high on his success as a top novelist, highly secure in his corporate job, a proud husband to the perfect wife Maya and father to an adorable son Aryan, and a strong bond with his childhood friend Sanjay, Aditya Kapoor had it all. He’s the kind of person you envy and yet respect at the same time.

Shreya Kaushik is passionate and ruthless. It is a lethal yet alluring combination that could lead to utter devastation or powerful rise. Being Shreya, she does both. An academically brilliant student with a spectacular future in front of her, Shreya goes after what she wants driven by a ravenous hunger, consuming anything that can lead her there the fastest. Her friend Sunaina is grounded and tries to keep Shreya’s flights of fancy in check. Shreya is the kind of person you would love to hate but her charm would not allow you to do that.

Aditya and Shreya get off to a combustive start – and that sets the tone for what is to follow. While they begin as loggerheads at each other, Shreya turns into an overnight fan of Aditya’s works and is determined to realize her dream of being a bestselling author through his mentoring. Aditya consciously strays from his stable marriage to a lovely woman; Shreya’s youthfulness, freshness and vibrancy are an irresistible force that catapults him into a vicious situation from which there seems no way out.

His dalliance with Shreya causes him to lose hold over his professional and personal life. In the midst of this, Aditya senses a vendetta against him by someone. How well do you really know your friends and family? This is a question that hangs invisibly in front of Aditya as he races against time to uncover the crafty mastermind set against him.

How's the book?
This book has an exciting pace, thrilling developments and a nail-biting climax! There are small fun elements that the author has placed, one of my favourite being (spoiler alert) a character, Ramesh Karia being a play of words of Mumbai's ex-Commissioner of Police ‘Rakesh Maria’ – just exchange the ‘M’ in Ramesh and ‘K’ in Karia with each other ;) Read the story for more such nuggets. The only one point that I would have liked to read more about was Aditya's relationship with his family and son especially. This tender relationship wasn't explored much and I missed the warmth that could have been here.

What's on the cover?
The cover is somber mustard yellow with a female and male profile facing away from each other, an open book in between them. Love, betrayal, redemption are printed stating the outline of the novel. A statement of the book soon transcending on to the movie screen too makes it on the front cover. The back cover narrates about the novel along with a few testimonials.

About the author

Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bengaluru, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazinglyexciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. For Ravi, The Bestseller She Wrote, marks the beginning of a new chapter in his writing. A significant departure from his usual fare, this is Ravi’s first book on romantic intrigue. (courtesy BlogAdda)

This is the first time I read a novel by Mr. Ravi Subramanian and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Need to scout around for his other books now.

Now for the technical stuff:
  • Publisher: Westland Publications
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9385152386
  • ISBN-13: 978-9385152382
  • Pages : 392
  • Cover: Mustard Yellow
Personal Overall Rating: 9.7/10

If you like a fusion of romance/thriller/drama then this is the book for you. It will keep you hooked and engaged throughout. Perfect for those rainy days or for reading snuggled under a blanket, with hot tea on a cold winter's day.

You can get your own copy at Amazon or Flipkart.

I would like to thank BlogAdda and Mr. Ravi Subramanian for sending the autographed copy of this wonderful book.
Here’s a trailer of the story for you:

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