- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Grapevine India (13 November 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9381841748
- ISBN-13: 978-9381841747
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Curious marketeer by the day, Saurabh Garg is a storyteller by the night. The Nidhi Kapoor Story is his first full-length story. Apart from writing, Saurabh is passionate about startups, travel and poker. When he is not working on creating characters and plots for his upcoming stories, he likes to meet and talk to other interesting people and ask them stupid questions that often don't have answers. Saurabh maintains a very elaborate bucket list. The item on top of his list is to visit every country in the world. So far, he's been to 15.Originally from Delhi and based out of Mumbai, he went to Delhi University and MDI Gurgaon for his undergrad and postgrad respectively.
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The glitz and glamour of the film industry is always enticing and there are always more to the stars than meets the eye. But Nidhi Kapoor’s family has secrets rooted deep in their past that are now coming back to haunt them. While the plot is not very extraordinary, it is very interesting. Characters and narrative style compliment the plot and as a result it emerges as above average. There are a number of characters that play a major role in the story and I liked them all for being really well developed and their many facets. I liked Prakash for his efficiency and reserved nature. I liked Rujuta for her natural inquisitiveness and I like Tarana for her many ideas. However, I failed to like the character of Nidhi Kapoor herself. But the best part of the story was its narratives. The author did not show his hand all at once and let things unfold at crucial times. It was well paced and full of unfolding drama that kept my interest in the book intact.
While my overall experience was quite good, I felt that some things were left unsaid that could have been included for the reader’s information. Also, while there was enough told about the characters, I would have liked to know a little bit more background on some of them.
As the investigation is on, we are introduced to two major characters apart from the people in the Kapoor’s family; ACP Prakash Mohile, an uptight person who takes his work seriously and has a wonderful track record, and a journalist, Rujuta, who tags along while working on her assignment on the police department. These two characters have been sketched really well by the author and are quite strong. The journalist is inspiring in many ways and shows that being a woman is no hindrance to what you want to do in life. Her aunt, who makes a small appearance in the story plays a pivotal role towards the end.
The Kapoor household consists of Nidhi, her older sister and their mother’s brother as well as Nishant who is brought back into the picture later on. The authors spins a sinister web of murder, betrayal, love and slowly reveals a plot that will keep the reader enthralled. As the investigation continues, the deeper they dig into the past, the more the truth about Nishant’s personality and his family comes to light. The climax of the story is brilliantly written with a good ending.
However, though the author manages to tie up most of the loose ends and neatly close the plot, there are a few things that remain unanswered. These however do not deviate from the fact that this is a well written story and will be enjoyed by those who love a good mystery or psych thriller.
The plot revolves around a Bollywood who's who family and their deep secrets coming to bite them finally. I will not reveal much about the plot as it would give away the story. The book feels more like a movie script rather than a novel. The author goes to great extent to explain everything, every word their meaning and the local context. Which according to me is not necessary. It unnecessarily increased the size of the book.
There are many plot holes in the book like an ACP being summoned for murder of few pets? Yes its a who's who home but ACP ?
The characters in book are pretty much single dimension they lack intelligence and usually do the same thing over and over again. Being a suspense novel the character should be much more slippery and evil.
Having said that I liked the concept of the story and the way story progresses. It feels a bit hurried at the end though. Also, Saurabh has done his research on Bollywood character's real life, Over all a good book to read over weekend.
I have read quite a few mystery novels and this one reads like the best of them without a doubt. Throughout the story, I didn't feel like putting the book down. The way the author changes the time periods and takes us back to the 80s and 90s and then brings us back to the present - that definitely added to the allure of the story line. I was travelling in a bus and I got so engrossed that I missed my stop while reading the book.
Why not 5 stars then? Well, there are loose ends and quite some improvements could be made. For instance, there are various crimes committed in the story and no one is discovered as the criminal (at least till the end). There's a car accident, there is someone trying to break open the house. In all these places, clues could definitely be left and some headway could have been made by the police. How could someone bang a car with one's SUV and escape without a trace? How could the SUV escape absolutely unharmed? How could the police NOT have found the SUV especially with the entire might of the Mumbai police looking for it? There are many such minor things unexplained. (I won't go into the details or it may reveal the plot).
Another issue is that the detectives themselves don't deduce much. They keep trying but they don't make any headway in the case. In fact, it all sounds like luck when the case gets solved in the end. More power and deduction abilities to the sleuths would have been better.
However, all in all - an amazing read. Definitely worth it. And a really cool debut, given that I didn't want to stop reading even once.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found the book average , even boring at places . I felt it was obvious it was an insider job , how else would you explain the incidents in spite of the cams and security. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Shyam
Too much of details and unnecessary diversions. I can say boring and second grade film story, nothing new to offer.Published 1 month ago by VISHAL JINDAL
Bland book with a predictable plot...reads more like a sleazy tabloid story than a whodunit. You can see the twist (if it was supposed to be one) miles away. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Harsh
An amazing edge of the seat thriller with loads of shock and twist to make you go , Now What?!?! Must read for anyone who likes a good crime thriller.Published 2 months ago by Prachir Kumar
Easy to guess what would come up in d story.
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Hero portrayed as v intelligent but written off as... Read more
The book is a nice read. The suspense is built up very well. A lot of things in the book keep you stick to the book, however if one is a vided reader the suspense culprit becomes a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sid
The author has woven the story well. In the filmdom, this happens. The muders and investigation are described thoroughly. The suspense is maintained to the full hog. Read morePublished 4 months ago by AYYAMPALAYAM RAGHAVENDRA RAO