Book Review: The Bestseller She wrote


From the bestselling author of white collar crimes based thrillers, Ravi Subramanian, comes a story of love, deception and revenge – that the book cover promises to be different from the author’s usual offerings. But when you read it, it turns out to be more or less a thriller of a more domestic nature.

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 kid and a spectacular career in Banking. With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a rather reckless 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 – to become a bestselling author. A heated argument leads to a special encounter that will affect both of their lives in an unexpected way. The story revolves around three people – Aditya, Maya and Shreya. Aditya as said before is a successful banker and humility is not one of his best qualities. Maya is a strong independent woman, is the exact opposite of her husband – unfazed by her husband’s popularity, secure and content with the way her life is. Shreya is that occasional hot headed girl you come across at work or college, who you despise and as well as all guys who swoon over her( Aditya being no different!). The story is more or less what you would expect but the author manages to add some twist to the story (did not say it was interesting!).

This is my first of author Ravi Subramanian’s books. Although I have heard about his success with thrillers, I didn’t quite expect him to be this good with his narrative. The story is fast-paced and is un-putdownable – this is the book’s best and one of its few good things I guess. The plot is a little more than average and the big climax, a little borrowed from the Christie style of summoning all and breaking down the crime and perpetrator is only too cliched. Shreya’s character is quite well developed and mildly ingenuous. She reminds me of a distant cousin of Amy Dunne from Gone Girl. Maya’s character was also impressively done, until the last few pages of the book, when again the cliched Indian woman’s mentality is bought up. This – with the rather melodramatic ending leaves you somewhat disappointed at the end.

The Bestseller She Wrote is the fast paced book version of a story that Bollywood and Kollywood has been doing since its beginning! Read it if you like scandalous affairs and revenge plots of the unexpected!

Title: The Bestseller She wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Publisher/ Imprint: Westland Books
Pages: 292
Genre/ Sub-Genre: Fiction/ Romance
Rating: 3.00 of 5
Reviewed for: The Tales Pensieve Pick of the month – November 2015

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