TITLE: –The Bestseller She Wrote
AUTHOR:- Ravi Subramanian
PUBLISHER:- Westland Ltd.
GENRE- Fiction (Suspense)
Eye-catching and apt!
Paperback king, Aditya Kapoor’s life is straight out of a modern man’s fantasy. His literary stardom is perfectly balanced by a loving wife and a spectacular career. With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak.
Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of ambition. Young, beautiful, and reckless, Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what she wants is to be a bestselling author.
What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can real ambition come in the way of blind passion? Can trust once broken, be regained?
Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian, delves into the glitzy world of bestsellers and uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protégé.
The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.
STORYLINE:- Interesting and riveting! The book deals not only with ambition and success, but also has fair measures of romance, blind faith, deceit, adultery, back-stabbing, blackmailing, etc. etc. woven into it. It
Aditya, the protagonist, is a devoted husband and adorable father till he is enamoured by the young and vivacious Shreya who has a hidden agenda. One ready to go to any length to reach the top and achieve fame, Shreya befriends the protagonist who is also a bestseller. What follows is clever manipulation. Aditya finds himself in an unenviable position. His life takes a course downhill and is in shambles. His career and reputation are at stake and all that he holds dear starts slipping away from his hands like sand. In short he is on the brink of destruction. All his efforts to set things right are in vain thanks to some ill-advised moves and attempts at back-stabbing by quarters close to him.
The author not only takes on a virtual tour of the world of publishing but also introduces us to the shoddy side of the corporate world where there are neither permanent friends nor permanent foes. It also shows us how rejection can drive one crazy.
Packed with drama, deceit and emotions the story has some interesting twists and turns and also throws up some surprises. The climax was totally unexpected.
CHARACTERIZATION:- All the characters are well fleshed out. Their strengths, their weaknesses are brilliantly displayed. In fact one can easily relate to them, their emotions and actions. They bring live the story.
LANGUAGE: – Language is simple, crisp and lucid. No hard-hitting jargon to boggle the mind, nor pebbles in the form of typos/ grammatical errors to take away the taste.
STYLE:- Told in third person, the narrative was engrossing.
PACE:- Slow at first but gradually picked up. In fact in the latter half one found events seem to tumble forth one after the other so fast that one had to catch ones’ breath, go back a couple of times and re-read to be able to connect. But to be honest this did not in any way affect my view about the book simply because the twists and turns held my interest.
An interesting read I give the book 3.5 on a scale of 5. Why so? Well I’ve read the author’s ‘God is a Gamer’ by which he has set a standard for himself. This one fell short by a few notches of the standard.
To read my review of “God is a Gamer’ CLICK HERE
Couldn’t help quoting these few lines that I picked up at Thinkexist.com
“Relationships-of all kinds-are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.”
Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is a bestselling author having authored bestsellers like If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012), Bankerupt (2013) and God is a Gamer—based on financial crime.
Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats
His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012.
With ‘The Bestseller She Wrote,’ Ravi Subramanian makes his entry into an entirely different territory i.e love, betrayal and romance.
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