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He walked across the few yards of the forest toward his freedom, leaving behind his guardian angel. He walked across the road to the army cantonment fence leaving behind a piece of his soul. His chest, it seemed, would explode but for the heavy weight pressing on his lungs.
Taking the support of the wall, head bent down, he stood under the shower with the water running down his face, and wept. The adrenaline rush of keeping himself alive receded as he emptied the fears, worries, and helplessness of the past month down the drain with the bathwater. The thought of being able to see his parents soon made him more emotional. He sniffed and sniveled, and resolved to take back control of his life. And most of all, he resolved to do something about those monsters back in the Tral forest.
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Guardian Angel: Romantic Suspense (Undercover Series Book 2) by Ruchi Singh is the second book in the series and is the story of Vikram’s best friend cum bodyguard, Nikhil Mahajan, who, if we remember, had been found dead following a bomb blast in the first book of the series.
Security expert Nikhil Mahajan is in mortal danger. Gravely injured and unable to see, he is in the midst of hostile strangers in an unknown place. Any hope of survival is fast fading away.
Should an innocent man be left to die just because he had been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Someone has to intervene.
Writing the review of this book was the most difficult thing to do. I did not want to give away the story or the spoilers.
But, mark my words, reading this book was the best thing I did in this new year.
Reading this book was like sitting on a roller coaster watching the scenes go by, at a pace which was not leaving me breathless, but yes, I could not put the book down, lest I take a break longer than intended and not do the work I am supposed to do whole heatedly because my head and heart would be rescuing Nikhil.
Loved the book, the characters and how the story developed. The scenes have been described in detail and beautifully and it was very easy for me to visualise them.
The English is simple and the book is evenly paced.
So, if you are not doing anything this weekend, please pick up the book and start reading, but there is a bit of caution before you start this book, keep your daily chores on the back-burner for the duration of the read.
A must, must read.
I received the book If You Only Knew Me by Divyata Rajaram as a review copy from the publisher as a part of the blog tour by The Book Club.
If You Only Knew Me is a story of friendship, passion and intrigue set in Dubai, arguably one of the world’s most exciting cities to live in. Rupali, Anjali, Dipika, Sakina and Monica are five NRI women whose lives are glitzy and exciting as they flirt with high society within the charmed social circles frequented by the Dubai expat community. Beautiful homes, designer clothes, shoes, fast cars and a lifestyle that is envied by all, there is very little these women have not attained. Together they have also woven the closest of friendships and must rely on each other to stay on top. Appearances are deceptive, though, and often the people you think you know the best, harbor secrets too dangerous to be shared. When tragedy befalls, the investigation that follows opens an ugly box of secrets that will test their friendship and find them struggling to make sense of the madness and deception surrounding them. Who can they really trust anymore? How far must they go in their fight for survival? How long will their friendship last once the masks have dropped and none can pretend any longer?
In Dubai, you never got what you saw. It was all a mirage.
Rupali Jahangir is a celebrated diva, married to Rohit, a suave business tycoon. Rohit was the risk taker, the proverbial devil in disguise, snagging impossible contracts, hobnobbing with the rich and famous and leaving his stamp of charm wherever he went. Dubai has loved Rohit Jahangir ever since he had moved there over twenty years ago from Mumbai, to set up his talent scouting agency, Raaga Star.
Rupali feels blessed to have her lifelines in Dubai, her friends like family are Anjali Sen, Dipika Luthra, Sakina Chaudhary and Monica Kapur, all having moved to Dubai around the same time and initially lived in the same area. They had shared their expat woes of settling in the city and making it a home away from home. Things had changed over time but the connection between them was still very strong.
Dipika Luthra, 36, has never married, has no love interests, no career and no apparent hobbies. She is obsessed with malls, shopping and the various discounts being offered at various outlets. Though she claims to be a writer, her friends know that she had never written anything in her lifetime. At night, she transformed into the night club queen. An enigma to most people who knew her, Dipika was endearing enough for her friends to love her without reservation.
Anjali Sen, editor of the Dubai Glam (DG), the most ardently followed fashion magazine in Dubai, is a tall striking girl with short cropped hair. Everything about her screams style: her minimal accessories, avant-garde clothes and the cheerful spunky attitude. Sharp witted with a great sense of humor, Anjali had studied and worked in fashion journalism all her life. She loves shocking people and the media loved her and wrote about her all the time.
Sakina Chaudhry perfected in making other people feel like losers. A smart woman, acutely incisive in her assessment of people and human nature, Sakina had a Masters in Psychology. She had quit her hotel job eventually and followed her husband, Adil, a successful banker with a large global bank, to Dubai. Dedicated and committed to work and family, Adil is described by people as rock solid and dependable. Boring was a word that had crossed Sakina’s mind more than once during their fifteen-year-long marriage.
Monica , 42, a petite, pretty lady with rimless glasses, had met the group through Anjali and they had all hit it off immediately. She is a lifestyle coach and has made a brilliant business of it in Dubai. Rakesh, her boyfriend of six years, adores her and supports her completely. Monica glowed with health and happiness and most people unhesitatingly admitted Monica was beautiful, both physically and mentally.
Adil and Rohit have an easygoing friendship, and Adil trusts Rohit to manage things. And all the girls and their spouses/ partners also meet together frequently.
And then, one evening, at a ‘do’ organized by Anjali at one of the hotels, tragedy strikes and police has to be called to investigate the matter.
The author takes the reader from a simple story of friendship of five girls to a thriller full of suspense and lot many other things. She has described the characters in detail making it easy for the reader to picturise them. She has also described Dubai in detail with all its malls and other places.
The story is simple and interesting and moves at a fast pace and the reader is compelled to read it without keeping the book down as he/she wants to know WHODUNNIT?
Enjoyed the book.
DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a review copy from The Book Club in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.
I received Race Course Road by Seema Goswami as a review copy from the publisher, Aleph Book Company . I would like to thank the publisher for a copy of the book.
This book is an out and out political thriller.
Set largely in the Prime Minister’s official residence, the Race Course Road complex, Race Course Road revolves around the aftermath of the assassination of a sitting Prime Minister and the battle for succession that ensues within his family, with the elder son and heir, Karan Pratap Singh, trying to fight off the challenge presented by his charismatic half-sister, Asha Devi.
As the search for the murderer continues, sex scandals surface, revelations about dodgy arms deals rock India and rival TV anchors shout and spar even as the country undertakes one of its most bitterly-contested general elections ever. Who will get to live in Race Course Road once the votes have been counted? Who will get to rule India for the next five years? Who will be the new Prime Minister of India? Read the ultimate insider’s political thriller to find out.
The story begins with the Prime Minster of India, Birendra Pratap Singh, addressing a rally and as he is making way back to his car, he goes and shakes hands with the fans and suddenly collapses. The Prime Minister is dead and his son, Karan Pratap Singh is made the interim Prime Minister. And then the elections are announced. There are many contenders for the post, not only from the main political party LJP but also from the opposition.
What happens in the general elections? Read the book.
An out and out political thriller, this book gives the reader a perspective of how the political parties, politicians and the media play a role in our country.
The characters have been developed in detail, are realistic, relatable and the conversations between the characters are very natural. The author has portrayed the softer side of the politicians, when they are family people like all of us.
The story has everything: assassination, power and what comes with it, intra familial conflict, TV debates, media competition, sibling rivalry, political families and what goes on in them, how people protect their public images, family politics.
The author has made the book relatable by adding real events that have happened in India. The language is simple and the narration is done well.
A book that is an unputdownable page turner.
DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a review copy from the publisher, Aleph Book Company, in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.