- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: CinnamonTeal Publishing; First edition (2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9386301792
- ISBN-13: 978-9386301796
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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If You Only Knew Me is a story of friendship, passion and intrigue set in Dubai, arguably one of the world’s most exciting cities to live in. Rupali, Anjali, Dipika, Sakina and Monica are five NRI women whose lives are glitzy and exciting as they flirt with high society within the charmed social circles frequented by the Dubai expat community. Beautiful homes, designer clothes, shoes, fast cars and a lifestyle that is envied by all, there is very little these women have not attained. Together they have also woven the closest of friendships and must rely on each other to stay on top. Appearances are deceptive, though, and often the people you think you know the best, harbor secrets too dangerous to be shared. When tragedy befalls, the investigation that follows opens an ugly box of secrets that will test their friendship and find them struggling to make sense of the madness and deception surrounding them. Who can they really trust anymore? How far must they go in their fight for survival? How long will their friendship last once the masks have dropped and none can pretend any longer?
About the Author
Divyata Rajaram has been living and working in Dubai for the past fifteen years. An experienced financial services professional, she is also an accomplished singer of Hindustani classical as well as western music. If You Only Knew Me is her first novel based on NRI women living in the UAE, and offers a glimpse into their lives and the challenges they face in a foreign land. An avid reader of crime fiction, Divyata lives with her husband, their daughter and a beautiful dog in Dubai.
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The author has made the book interesting with extramarital affairs, deception, cheating and drugs. Even though the place is Dubai it could well be Bombay or New Delhi. The added advantage of the book was the virtual tour of Dubai offered as the friends moved from one luxury event to another.
It was fascinating to read about uber-rich wives eager to show-off yet they were so alone. What all they did to feel special and wanted. So money yet it cannot buy the honesty and trust of the friends.
The book works since the story moves fast. The glitz and glamour, the parties tempt ordinary readers like me to get a glimpse of Dubai. The feelings and vulnerabilities are expressed through the stories of the friends. The parallel stories of the friends make the book engaging and offers insight into the human mind.
How we treat our friends and how much we know about them is actually debatable and the author got that right. With death, money, fraud, drugs and infidelity the realities surface and true friends are revealed.
If You Only Knew Me is about life but how our friends shape our lives and destiny.
All five NRI women have made Dubai a home away from home and seem to have it all. But there are secrets that abound in each one’s life, secrets that can never be shared.
Everything appears hunky dory until tragedy strikes one night at a party being held at a hotel…
This is the author’s first novel and for that I must say she’s done a very good job of presenting a thrilling page-turner. If you are a fan of thrillers, then you must not miss this one.
This story forces us to ponder and question ourselves and emphasizes the importance of communication in any relationship.
Anjali Sen, Rupali jahangir, Monica Kapur, Sakina choudhary and Dipika Luthra are NRI’s and close friends settled in Dubai for past 10 years.
A close group of girlfriends meeting, partying and having fun just like any of us or so it seems as what they think about each other is completely opposite to what they show outside.
Even with the insecurities and envies they share a close bond.
In a sudden twist of events one of them is found dead in suspicious circumstances leading to police investigation.
The second part of the book turns into a mystery novel, but not entirely, the investigation into the death goes side by side alongwith the individual timelines of each of the characters including Rohit, Adil and Rakesh – partners of Rupali, Sakina and Monica. Hence along with the thrill of reading a detective novel you get to feel real stories of real people struggling to maintain their high profile careers, and to keep their love and marital relationships stable and afloat.
The book comes across as a rare genre which leaves you with a lingering memory of reading two genres intertwining flawlessly into one.
The way few characters were described now and then was confusing. Abrupt change in their behaviour was difficult to grasp. A steady and smooth graph of some characters would have added to the already stellar plot and even more stellar narration. Even with the above minor hitches the plot and writing stood out because i couldn’t keep it down and finished it in record 3-5 days.
I was not bored anywhere because every chapters were short, as short as just 1 or 2 pages ( by the way i didn’t realise it was such a joy to read short chapters) and the author dealt with each characters in turn and made sure she didn’t dwell on any one character for long even though she had so much to say. i felt it was to the point, not more nor less, just perfect! Lots of characters each having their own long story add to it a murder mystery and the book is just 166 pages!!
The author gives few subtle hints on the culprit, as with any mystery novel make sure you pay attention while reading. Try to do with the book in one go or you lose out on the fun of guessing as you might forget the facts.
The book teaches a few life lessons in relationships like forgiving and accepting each others mistakes however grave it may be.
The latter part of the story reveals the lies and deceptions of few Characters under the mask of friendship, trust and loyalty. The only question arising now and then is that do they really know each other?.. whether their friendship still stays strong or crumbles under the weight of lies and deception is known only at the end. The ending is highly emotional.
The narration was amazing, Most of the major locations in dubai has been included as part of the plot and described beautifully. The cover is stunning.
This sort of work from a debut author is indeed admirable.
If you like mystery thriller and family drama together, go for it.