Indian Fiction, Thriller

Trust Me Not by Ankita Verma Datta #BookReview

You can completely trust my review on this book, though! 😀

Welcome to my first book review of 2018, old and new followers!


The plot of this socio-political thriller goes like this: Reeva Rai, a rising corporate star is offered a position in a top-notch PR agency, Media Vision PR. It is her time to shine. However, the entry of a mystery, handsome man Kunaal Kabi as President of Media Vision PR agency puts Reeva on the spot. Can she manage her role as Vice-President, while simultaneously making sure she doesn’t fall head over heels in love with her boss?

Reeva also manages to get into the radar of a political battle, by helping out a friend and social activist Nandita Sahay unearth a real estate scam. From power-hungry politicos to an uber-ambitious journalist, Reeva tries to figure out everyone’s motives. And also escape unharmed from the mess of a world she lives in. Besides, how does Kunaal Kabi tie up into all this? Is he really who he seems?

You’ll have to read the book to find out more!

What I liked about this book is that it was easy to get sucked into the story. You sympathise with Reeva when her mom nags her to search for the “perfect husband” at social events. You can giggle along with Reeva’s BFF, Kinsy, as she offers her opinion on everything fashion. You can relate with Nihaal’s (Reeva’s co-worker) inability to express her real emotions to Reeva. You can understand why Shalini (Reeva’s co-worker) felt a bit aloof when she had to interact with Kunaal. You can simply nod your head when you read about how business factions play with money and power to create more money and power. You can be totally shocked by the way bureaucracies work, if you are naive enough to not already be aware of it. For this reason, I felt that the book is an interesting read.

What I didn’t like about this book is the fact that the content was not streamlined very well. By streamlined, I mean there were parts were the author had to spell out what exactly is happening in the story, instead of the reader understanding it on his/her own via subtle indications in the paragraphs. For me, reading a thriller is all about finding those hidden clues like eggs on an Easter Egg Hunt. Subtle hints and double entendres make the reader feel that they know something more than the characters, and that makes the reader super invested into finishing the entire book.

I give this book a 3.5/5 stars, and recommend it to readers of socio-political thrillers. iIt’s a rivetting read in its own right. This book has a few pages of romance, but nothing that would offend any reader who hates romance.

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Note: I received a fee and a copy of “Trust Me Not” by the author, Ankita Verma Datta herself, in exchange for an honest review.


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