The Bestseller She Wrote: Book Review

Sunday, December 27, 2015
Title: The Bestseller She Wrote
Author:  Ravi Subramanian
Genre: Romantic
Price: Rs 295 (You can buy from Flipkart here)
Number of pages: 292
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
ISBN-10: 9385152386
ISBN-13: 978-9385152382

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.

About the Author:
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bengaluru, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. For Ravi, The Bestseller She Wrote, marks the beginning of a new chapter in his writing. A significant departure from his usual fare, this is Ravi’s first book on romantic intrigue. If God was a Banker won him the Golden Quill readers choice award in 2008. He also won the Economist Crossword Book Award for The Incredible Banker in 2012.  "The Bankster", released in 2012 won him the Crossword Book Award in 2013. In 2014 he won the Raymond Crossword book award for Bankerupt. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Dharini, and daughter, Anusha. (Quoted from his website)

My Review:
I have been a fan of Ravi Subramanian's writing ever since God was a Banker. This is his third book which I have read since God was a Banker, the reviews of other two can be found here: Link. He has been rightly called as the John Grisham of Banking by The Wall Street Journal, however, this book is a slight departure towards the romantic genre. He has touched upon the issue of infidelity and its aftermath. This book also talks about the business of publishing books, starting from the draft manuscript to the final launch covering all aspects of marketing! 

The plot of the story is interesting - the well-known author-banker Aditya Kapoor who is happily married falls for Shreya who wants to be a best-selling author just like him. Initially, I thought it will be a run-of-the-mill story and had already made up my mind against it. However, when I actually got to reading it, I was impressed by the twist in the story. The plot thickens with the build-up for the climax and I could actually guess some part of the climax (being a Sherlock fan I am!). The climax is the most interesting part of the story and does not disappoint you. 

The pace of the story is adequate and does not let you lose interest. I finished the book in just one day with intermittent breaks. The characters are portrayed beautifully and justice has been done to each one of them! They are strong-willed, independent and ambitious and easily relatable to! The climax witnesses a really nice take on adultery being a choice, not a mistake! The journey of the protagonist throughout the story has been portrayed brilliantly. 

Some parts of the story were a drag and could have been edited out as I just skipped some and didn't lose any story!

My Rating: 3 out of 5.
Who will like it: Thriller and romance lovers

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