Monday, 5 March 2018

Book Review- Trust Me Not by Ankita Verma Dutta

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Don’t judge a book by its cover. But I did. And aren’t I glad I did. Trust Me Not by debutant author Ankita Dutta Verma has all the ingredients I like in a thriller -strong impactful characters, intense drama, fast paced plot and unpredictable twists in story. I was particularly drawn by the captivating cover imagery which gives a glimpse of what to expect inside. And I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Reeva, as an accomplished PR personnel is intelligent, independent and confident modern woman. When she is offered a big leap in her career, she knows that it comes with a catch. She has to work with Kunaal Kabi, the enigmatic corporate honcho who has a hidden agenda. When Reeva falls for Kunaal, she has a feeling that it is not going to be easy but when Shalini discloses some ugly details about Kunaal, Reeva starts questioning her decisions. While she is completely awed by Kunaal’s charisma, it is Nihaal who is always there as a friend, confidant and even more than that if Reeva wants. Along with dealing with her personal emotional turmoil, Reeva has to take some critical decisions that are going to affect a lot of people. And when she is sorting out the emotional stuff, there are some people around her who are ruthlessly jeopardizing lives for money and power. How does Reeva cope with all the mayhem? Was she right about her feelings for Kunaal or did she end up being hurt and betrayed? What did Shalini know about Kunaal’s past?

Trust Me Not is an intense muti-layered drama and thriller. You want to turn pages one after the other and keep up with the fast-moving plot. There are enough surprise elements to keep you on the edge of your seat. The flawless writing style makes the reading experience smooth and seamless. As the story culminates towards the end, you are thrilled and satiated. I would certainly recommend this for thriller lovers like me. I am certainly going to be on the lookout for her next book.

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About the Author: Ankita Verma Datta is an Economics graduate from Mumbai University and is trained in advertising communication and marketing at the Xavier Institute of Management/Communication. She has spent more than a decade in the advertising industry, handling a wide range of clients from finance, insurance, education, food industry and also government sector and political campaigns, before starting her own communications consultancy in 2003. Apart from marketing and advertising, she has interests in various other fields, including curating antique Portugal houses in Goa and ‘hobby-breeding’ the exotic dog breed of Tibetan Mastiffs. An ardent nature and animal lover, she spends her time between Mumbai, Lonavala and Goa.
Trust Me Not is her debut fiction novel and she intends to continue writing socio-political thrillers with current relevance in future too. She writes to evoke and entertain. (Source: https://www.amazon.in/Trust-Not-Ankita-Verma-Datta/dp/9386348942/ref=la_B077C1WY39_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520266757&sr=1-1

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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