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Book: Betrayals and Paybacks

Author: Sana Shetty

Publisher: Write India Publishers

Rating: 3.9/5

A shadow lingering in the dark, timid footsteps, an incomplete sentence, choked voices…if mystery runs in your blood and if you master at connecting the dots then Betrayals and Paybacks is a perfect book for you. I picked up a thriller after a really long time and I must say I am highly impressed. ‘How far would you go to protect your loved one?’ is one question that keeps you vigilant till the end. Before I come down to the review here is a blurb of the book.

How far would you go to protect your loved one? Would you even condone murder? Eight years ago Vedant Birajdar fled Tamara, a small nondescript village on the banks of the river Kaveri, after a wild night out with his best friend Jay Varma, turned disastrous. Now he is back and Jay is dead, Misha, the love of his life is engaged to another man and his older brother, Tarun, is missing. All he is left with is a strange message Jay leaves on his answering machine, before his death. Misha does not believe her brother, Jay, committed suicide. Yet, she has no reason to believe otherwise. Not until Vedant turns up at her doorstep, bleeding and seeking her help. Together they have to figure out what really happened and they have to do it quick, before the body count goes up.But can Misha trust Vedant? He had already betrayed her once before, after all.

If you ask me what is so gripping about the novel is its very own first chapter. The first scene of the story ends on a cryptic tone making you crave to know what is going to happen next. Each character has been carved perfectly and it keeps you wondering till the end as to who is the culprit. Another good feature of the writer is that each scene of the story has been carefully dramatized to keep the reader engaged and follow the author through the story. You lose the track of time the moment you begin reading this book. You doubt each character till the end which is the hitting point of the book.

There are some points where you can predict what’s gonna happen next but overall this book is a good read. People for whom thrillers are bae, this quick read is a good choice. It was a little difficult for me to believe that this is the author’s first book taking into account the fine flare of the story. On a scale of 5 I would surely rate this book with 3.9 stars.

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