‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ by Ravi Subramanian

41OMsGXJHML._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_I have always liked Ravi Subramanian’s books because of their pace, and when I got a chance to review ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ by Ravi Subramanian as a part of Blogadda’s Book Review programme, I was thrilled.  And to top it all, I received a signed copy of the book. I would like to thank the author and Blogadda for the same.

The Blurb:

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.

The story:

Aditya Kapoor, an IIM Bengaluru alumnus is now a successful banker in as well as a bestseller author. His books have been made into movies and he is at IIM to give a guest lecture on his writing. His wife, Maya, his batch mate from IIM days, works in a school and for an NGO and they have a son, Aryan.

It is during the guest lecture that one girl in the audience, Shreya Kaushik, a student at IIM, makes comments on his using the word, product, for a ‘book’ which she says cannot be labelled as a product. She then apologises to him on email lest she loses the award. She wants to become a bestselling author and feels that Aditya may be the one person who can help her achieve this.

Aditya, possibly going through midlife crisis, falls in the trap. He gets her hired and also placed under him. They start having an affair and then Maya comes to know of the affair and throws him out of the house. He moves in with Sanjay, his friend from IIM days and also his colleague.

Circumstances make Aditya realize his mistake but it is too late, because Shreya decides to file charges. Then suddenly, there is a twist in the tale.

My take:

The cover of the book is an instant Pick me up. The language is simple and the pace is good. The book has been written in such a way that the reader wants to read more and more of it before he can put the book down. I finished the whole book of 391 pages in one day flat. The characters are well defined and relatable. The twists and turns in the story make it all the more interesting.

The author has not tried to mask who he is describing when he says that Aditya met his wife in IIM and then they both were working with different backs before they shifted to Mumbai. Some other characters in the book have an uncanny resemblance, either by the names or descriptions to well-known people.

He has also described in detail about the process of writing a book, right from the manuscript to the launch of published book including the ways to advertise it. This is something that would definitely help a lot of aspiring authors.

Personally for me, I do not like reading about extra marital affairs, so that was one thing that I did not like in the book. And the other thing that I do not like is taking shortcuts, which Shreya did to become a bestseller author. Other than that the book was nice. Because what worked for me was “All’s well that ends well.”

The book moves at a slow pace for the first 300 odd pages and the author tries to wrap up everything in the last 50 pages.

As the blurb mentions, the book is actually a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption. It is actually a fast paced page turner that can be read at least once.

Book Source: Blodadda

Publisher: Westland

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from BLOGADDA in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

I am reviewing ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ by Ravi Subramanian as a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books!

 

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