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Ayushi Agarwal

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JWB Reviews ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ By Ravi Subramanian

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  •  February 3, 2016


I started Ravi’s Subramanian’s brain child at 9 pm. At 3:40 am, my blood-shot eyes forced me to put it down and drift off to sleep while dreaming about Aditya, Maya, and Shreya. Yes, those are the main characters of this 392-page book, where ‘Love, Betrayal, and Redemption‘ take the center stage.

The story revolves around Aditya, a successful and sexy middle-aged banker-cum-author, who is living it large. Two great careers, a doting wife, a loving son, and an active social life. The only thing Aditya is scared of letting go of is his youth. Devoid of any new sparks and excitement in his life, Aditya falls for Shreya, a bright young IIM graduate. Little did he know how manipulative and smart Shreya could be!

The book presents a different and somewhat lesser known side of ambitious and determined young women. It also emotes how long forgotten wounds could re-surface with the same force. Hence, themes of treachery and salvation are prominent throughout the book.

Shreya is a go-getter, who isn’t shy of taking extreme measures to become an overnight success. In laymen terms, she is obsessed with the idea of being successful. On the other hand, Maya’s character is strong, courageous, and iron-willed. She’s portrayed as a woman with solid, unwavering principles, which made me admire her. If more married women were like her, husbands would shiver at the thought of double-crossing them.

Also, I liked the way Subramanian has described Aditya’s internal, moral struggles over his adulterous intentions.

Even though the story kept me hooked until the wee hours of the morning, the ending could have been a little more exciting. The book started out great, which gave me extremely high hopes about the climax. And, also the fact that the movie rights to the book have already been sold, just added to my anticipation.

Subramanian has used relatively straight-forward and easy language, barring a few fancy-schmancy words here and there. But, there weren’t any lines I would go back to read again, like I do with so many of my favorites.

My only complaint is that I could not feel what the characters were going through. The emotions, as well as the writing, was not strong enough, for my liking. Although a light read, the book failed to make me fall in love with it.

So, if you are in search for a unique holiday book, to make you forget about your traveling woes, I suggest you give this book a go! It’s a light love suspense-thriller which will force you to turn pages.

I rate it 2.9 out of 5. Buy it here!

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