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Swear You Won't Tell? Paperback – 16 Mar 2018
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Vedashree Khambete-Sharma is an award-winning ad-woman. Before that, she was a freelance reporter for several newspapers and wrote on a wide range of subjects from student suicides to types of boyfriends. She lives in Mumbai with her husband, daughter and the niggling feeling that she has forgotten something.
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The writing style is very witty and sarcastic and I grew quite fond of the sassy protagonist. Avantika retorts, her take on things and the little footnotes had me far more hooked than the mystery. To me, the genre is more 'humor' than 'thriller/mystery'. The flashbacks into the fierce politics of female friendship were very relatable and the description of Avantika’s childhood made me nostalgic.
I finished reading the book in less than a day, reading slump be damned!
The plot is quite interesting. The protagonist is Avantika Pandit, who works as a journalist in Mumbai Daily. She was asked to attend a show by a famous designer, Aisha Juneja. As she saw the invitation card, Avantika realised that it was the same Aisha, her childhood enemy. With utter reluctance, she attended the event and was later asked to interview Aisha. But upon arriving at Aisha's home, her brother, Dhruv informed Avantika that Aisha wouldn't be able to meet her as their friend Laxmi was dead. Avantika was shocked. Laxmi was her former best friend. Although they had lost touch, it was hard for her to believe that Laxmi was dead. What follows is how Avantika tries to find out the truth behind Laxmi's death.
So, what is the truth behind Laxmi's death? How will Avantika find it out? You have to read the book to know more!
The writing style of the author is such that it keeps the readers glued to the book. Each and every aspect of the book is on-point. The characters are very well developed. The protagonist has a fresh and smart nature with a humorous side. Each of the characters is unique. Also, the book maintains a perfect sequence. And the amount of suspense is just appropriate and very fitting which makes the book a page-turner.
Honestly, I enjoyed reading every bit of the book. Not once did I feel bored. It was superbly interesting and funny.
The book is such that everyone will enjoy reading it. Trust me, you are going to love this wonderful book.
The prologue began with a set up in a morgue. The serious scene had some comic elements too in it. The story revolves around Avantika who is a girl who does not care about the world. She will speak her out and do whatever she wants to do. She is a reporter and no one takes her seriously. And there is her friend Uday who is shown as a typical guy friend whose aim is just to tease the girl. There is a murder and this murder is of Avantika’s former best friend Laxmi. There are some incidents from the past that come to haunt the present. Amidst all this, the story goes on with its own twists and turns. You will have to read the story to find it out.
The cover of the book is good. Blood spill gave an idea that the story would surely be of a murder mystery. The title is good. However, I felt that it was incomplete in some way. The plot is okay and so is the narration.
If you love reading extreme thriller books then you should not pick it up because it is a light thrilling read. The fun and friendship elements in the story made the impact of thrill lesser. You can pick it up if you want to read something light. It had that intense feeling missing.
Title- 3.5 / 5
Cover- 4.5 / 5
Plot- 3 / 5
Narration- 3 / 5
I did like the author's writing style. It had a conversational sort of style which I could connect with better than I usually do when it comes down to mysteries. As for the narration, the fluctuations between the past and the present kind of confused me but I was able to navigate through the story and reach the end. However, I do feel that when Avantika's part of the story was revealed, it could have been managed in the present rather than going back and forth. For this, I felt that it disrupted the flow of the story a bit and I was really enjoying the pace and the flow of the story. Other than that, I really liked reading the book.