I received Wildflowers In The Rain by Leena Varghese as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.
When Dr. Aditya Menon boards a rickety old bus from Bangalore to Cochin after attending his best friend Sri’s cremation, he never expects to find himself stranded in the middle of the Bandipur forest reserve with a group of people he’s never met before.
Little does Aditya know that the answers to the mystery of Sri’s death could be found with the beautiful and enigmatic Rhea Balan who is travelling with him. Or, that the inexorable attraction he feels for her could lead to imminent death.
Rhea Balan had never imagined that life would fling her into the middle of a festering forest where she would have to grapple, not only with the hostile natural environment, but also evade the predators of the human world to stay alive. Someone is watching her every move and she must make sure that no one knows her identity.
Caught in the middle of wilderness and danger, in a situation that could either destroy everything that she holds sacred, or throw her behind prison bars, Rhea must choose. But how can she make a wise choice when she would lose both ways…For Aditya is the kind of man she would not forget in a hurry.
In a race against the vagaries of nature and time, both Aditya and Rhea must find a way to beat the odds before their nemesis catches up with them.
Ace Futuristic Laboratories, Bangalore witnesses deaths of two eminent scientists, Dr Mahesh Radhakrishnan and Dr Sridharan Iyer within six months of each other.
Dr Aditya Menon, an entomologist based in Cochin, and Sri’s best friend has some serious, unanswered questions about the circumstances of Sri’s death. And his suspicions are raised when Sri’s father tells him hat Sri wanted to tell him something about the ‘mango drawer’ and was unable to complete what he wanted to say. And his search in Sri’s room reveals a pen drive with name of Ace technologies printed on it. And Adi diligently calls up Ace and is connected to Dr Saumya, the man behind both the murders. Aditya decides to keep the pendrive till he knows the truth and Saumya is bent on taking the pendrive.
And Saumya puts Rhea Balan on the job to eliminate Aditya.
This book is full of adventure, suspense and mystery and has been written in such a way that the reader really wants to know what would happen next. The story is mostly set in the Bandipur forest with someone spying on Rhea at one end and a wild animal trying to attack them on the other.
The characters are well described and developed and the scenes have been described in so much detail that it was easy to visualize them.
The language is simple and the story is fast paced and unputdownable.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.