- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Tales4 Publications (25 October 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351267113
- ISBN-13: 978-9351267119
- Package Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,75,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Just You, Me and a Secret Paperback – 25 Oct 2013
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"Ganga Bharani Vasudevan Author is a popular blogger and a documentary film maker. She has two award winning documentaries to her credit. Simple girl with complicated dreams."
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This book is a very easy read. It's not light, but the mystery of Meera's life had enough in it to keep me engaged for some time. The author has done justice to her character, and I felt the pathos for her predicament, which is essential. The twists that come with parts of her life coming to light are good, and help in no small amount to keep it interesting. Writing down moments in a journal or diary is useful should one need to revisit them, and I thought introducing "Clara" - Meera's diary/journal was a nice touch.
At times though, Meera's actions to unravel the mystery of herself feel a little unbelievable. And though we see Meera's character come to life with the story, the sub-characters, some of whom are quite important, don't seem that important. The story, which develops nicely in the first part feels hurried towards the end, and perhaps diluted the read a little for me as well. I thought the presentation was a little odd, but I don't know if it was because I read it on the Kindle. Some of these points aren't deal breakers, but the book would definitely improve more with these in mind, I feel.
The language is easy to read, and quite simple, and for this book, I think that worked quite well. All in all, if you're looking for an interesting book to keep you occupied for a few hours, this book might be worth considering. I'll rate it between 3 and 3.5 stars.
The author uses a simply and relatable language to describe the turmoil in the mind and confusion that Meera faces on the one claiming to be her fiancee. Throughout the narrative, one lives in the world of Meera, drawing empathy for her, the love of her life till a point reached where one is visibly shaken. Who is the real Meera? Does her past belongs to her? The answer lies in Just You, Me and a Secret, concocted by Ganga in a powerful manner. The author changes the way in which we look at thriller. Yes! She has a surprise for you, intelligently revisiting the successful
Hindi movies of 70s and 80s in a refreshing manner.
A tale about amnesia narrated by Ganga in sketching powerful characters with their own idiosyncrasies and the author doesn’t fall in cliche which often happens with such an interesting but complex theme to explore. The diary, ‘Clara’ where the character ‘Meera’ pens her past life plays a vibrant part and pivotal character to the plot, that takes us into the world of Meera, Santhosh and the stranger doctor Ashruth. The writing is powerful and captures the reader’s attention from start to finish. The climax is breath taking where things are turned upside down with the villainous streak in one of the character’s comes alive. There is treachery and deceit that comes to the fore when one thinks that it is leading to a happy ending. The end is powerful and one is speechless at the sudden twist and turn that blows your mind. It almost turns the life of Meera upside down on her real identity and how ultimately, Santhosh as a pivotal character finds love and the friend, he ‘almost’ loss. Simply brilliant.
Ganga has injected light moments in the book with calf love and innocent romance in portraying the rebel streak in Meera in the age of idealism. It’s a book that the young generation will relate to with diary telling a story of one’s life and the drama that follows, in a very unique and original manner. She deftly explores the element of mistrust, “..suddenly the absence of everything irritated me, put me in confusion and suspicion.”
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First the positives:
1. Climax was fantastic.
2. The suspense that was created at the beginning was good enough to hold it till the end.
3. The story is in simple English, hence everyone can understand it. We will not need a dictionary to understand the words in the book. Plus the narration is also very simple and effective.
Not so great areas:
1. The book began well and there was always the suspense in the story and ended with a flourish, but I felt the middle could have been better.
2. There were a few holes in the plot which could have been better. But the end more than makes up for them.
Overall, the book had a good storyline and a great climax. And it is quite a decent read if you are interested in a romance mystery novel.
The pace was good and never slackened, ending with a good twist. The author has a flair for plotting a good thriller. I look forward to read more books from Ganga Bharani.
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