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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book Review: Hello Stranger by Ketaki Patwardhan Nirkhi

Title: Hello Stranger
Author: Ketaki Patwardhan Nirkhi
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited (Kindle edition Only)
Price: INR 130/Free Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 221

Snapshot:  Roohi is still trying to come to terms with the end of her marriage with Jay. While her best friend Tanya helps her emotionally and practically with it, Roohi feels the need to socialize more. She starts making friends with new people but can strangers be trusted? Mysterious happenings around her make her question her choice new friends but who amongst them is the culprit? Or is it something else? Hello stranger is this short suspense read that entertains you and also makes you question the next stranger you might meet.

Detailed Review:  Jay leaves Roohi for his new sweetheart. The end of a marriage that began in love leaves her questioning herself. Her self esteem is low and she really needs a big change in life. Sensing this her best friend Tanya volunteers to hep by making her join a gym and encouraging her to socialize. As she slowly begins to feel the positive vibes of these actions, she becomes comfortable in making new friends. The first being her extremely good looking gym instructor, Ranveer. She  also decides to keep a tenant to ward off her loneliness, Reesha and socializing with Sid, her helpful new next door neighbor. When life finally seems to be getting on a positive note strange occurrences begin. People start disappearing. Tanya and Roohi decide to put the pieces of puzzle together to reach to a big mystery surrounding them.

Having read Ketaki's first book before, it was no surprise that the writing was lucid and captivating from the beginning. She convincingly constructs the characters and situations, making the reader get into the story with ease. The suspense is built up decently, however the plot becomes apparent too soon. It is not difficult to decode the happenings that follow. The author could have easily built a more difficult plot with more characters for it to be convoluted enough for a greater suspense. Thus though the premise is promising, the essence of a suspense isn't felt in the enormity a reader would expect.

Good for a travel read.

RC Rating: 3/5

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