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Book Review : Where the Secret Lies by author Malika Gandhi

Posted on: July 19, 2013


Hello friends and book lovers,

You may know by now that this blog is my personal author blog , as well as a book review blog.

I sometimes review books at my own leisure, when I get some free time. Also I review those books that I really want to give a review of.

Here is one such book that I have reviewed today.

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Book title : WHERE THE SECRET LIES

Genre :  Fiction – Suspense , Thriller, Romance, Reincarnation

Author : Malika Gandhi

Amazon Kindle Store : http://www.amazon.com/Where-the-Secret-Lies-ebook/dp/B00BUOWFBC

My review : 5 out of 5 starsI recommend this Ebook for your kindle or reading on your IPad, tablets or other android devices

Review in detail : Author Malika Gandhi’s suspense/romantic fiction blended with a touch of historical fiction and contemporary Indian culture of the modern age, is a run away success for people who love to read such genres.

I loved every bit of the novel. There is suspense, there is thrill, there are chills, there is unpredictability, there is steamy passion of romance, there is action, there is a mystery, there is culture clash — all in all an impressive concoction of all the ready ingredients that one would like to get in a story which would make it a fast paced and enjoyable read.

For me, Where The Secret Lies was a wonderful read and it ran like a movie in my head. I don’t want to divulge much of the story here in the review.

The story focuses on two female lead protagonists and how their lives changed from living in the comfort zone to falling into an inferno of change, sudden shock and realizing that life would never be the same again. The first female lead — Anjali, is from the Indian independence era of 1947 when India was going through the extremely difficult, sorrowful and troubled days of partition, and the second lead — Arianna, is a second generation British-Indian teenager visiting her ancestral town in 2012.

When Arianna (the modern female lead) arrives at her cousin’s ancestral house (a Haveli) in Lucknow to participate in the great big Indian Wedding, she never expects what she’d face in the days leading up to the wedding. She has an experience of a life time, makes new friends and helps to unlock a mournful and dreadful secret that had plagued and haunted the Haveli for a very long time.
Their interesting and intriguing experiences have been deftly written and displayed before the readers’ eyes in separate chapters. These chapters move back and forth from the past (1947) into the future (2012). So, I had no trouble relating to the chapters as I was taken in an out of the past now and then through these interesting chapters.

The dialogues are simple and easy to understand. The author had expertly woven her vocabulary towards construction of simple sentences that show a stark difference in the throw of the dialect and thought process of people (second generation Indians) brought up in Britain and Indians in India.

However, it is heartening to see that no matter how far away from their roots the non resident Indians are, they always return to visit India at some point in their life, getting rejuvenated by their ancient culture and accepting both the cultures of their current country as well as their ancestral country.

All in all I give 5 out of 5 stars to this mesmerizing and thrilling story and congratulate the author for creating such a wonderful book for the readers!

 

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