I am a writer myself, so I know how difficult it is to weave stories. And I respect Ravi Subramanian for it. The Bestseller She Wrote is gripping, fast-paced, and brilliantly woven. It was easy to read; so easy that I finished reading it in a few hours.
The story befits a proper masala film, replete with characters turning shades at the drop of a hat, drama unfolding page by page, and your worst fears about what will transpire, coming true, leading you to stand before a vast library of expletives, trying to decide which one to choose. Because that is the kind of heart-racing story that it develops into. And now, it is a soon-to-be motion picture. Well. That was quick!
The Bestseller She Wrote delves into the life of a hotshot banker-cum-author, eerily similar in character to Chetan Bhagat, (I had half a mind to put the book down because the comparison just wouldn’t go away, but I’m glad I didn’t) and Shreya Kaushik, an ambitious MBA student who can do anything to get what she wants.
Aditya Kapoor is rich and successful, in every sense of the word. He has a beautiful family, a family to die for. And one encounter precariously places him at the threshold of losing all of that. The story follows his dalliance with a woman much younger than him, who is trying to find a foothold as a writer. They fall head over heels in love, and there comes a time when he stands to lose everything. While he is frantically trying to keep his two lives apart, she has only ambition in her view of the world. She will do anything to get to her destination. On the other hand, the more he tries to make things right, the more he gets pulled into the quagmire.
Ravi Subramanian weaves a story of love and deceit, and a tale of frenetic attempts to find forgiveness. He does it so expertly that you can feel the pulse of your heartbeat racing to keep up.
The Bestseller She Wrote is a page-turner, and as a reader, I expected something to jump out at me from every page. I was prepared to stomach it. But it is the mark of a brilliant storyteller to show how even the best of preparations can be brought to their knees by mere words. The redemption brought to me a fierce sense of vindication that I never thought it would.
Of course, as a reader, I have one complaint. I found some places to be raw, that gave the book a rough cut. It could have been rounded off better, used better sentence formations, perhaps, to get the word across.
Yet, it does not take away the charm and the well-written sketches of the characters, so identifiable and close to reality. Something that defines a good book of this genre.
And The Bestseller She Wrote is exactly that!
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