BOOK REVIEW OF “BETRAYALS AND PAYBACKS” WRITTEN BY SANA SHETTY

Book Title: Paybacks and Betrayals

Author: Sana Shetty

Format: Paperback

Total Number of Pages: 210

Publisher: Write India

Publication Date: 16 Oct 2017

Language: English

Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Thriller / Crime

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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.

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REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY

The tile, Betrayals and Paybacks does give you an idea about the book. The first thing that would strike your mind would be that the book could be a thriller. The same happened to me and I wasn’t surprised when I guessed it right.

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The story is all about love, betrayal, revenge and family. Set in a village named Tamara, the story revolves around the main protagonist, Vedant Birajdar. There are only a handful of characters in this book and in the supporting characters, there are Tarun who is Vedant’s brother; Misha and Jay Varma, Vedant’s friends.

Tamara is a burial of secrets. The secrets about Vedant’s family, it all lies in the village. One fine day, Vedant receives a voice message from Jay Varma informing him that it’s urgent and it’s about his brother Tarun. Apparently, Jay had broken his promise he made to Tarun which was a promise to never get in touch with Vedant. Vedant is dumbfounded with the whole situation. He tries to reach Jay over the phone and when he does he gets to know that Jay had committed suicide. Confused and hurt, Vedant then calls his home at Tamara only to know that his brother, Tanmay has been missing since four days. Vedanta had left the village 8 years ago. The reason hadn’t been revealed in the book right away. It is only when he returns to his village to dig out the secrets, is when we get to know everything.

The plot was good and narration was good too. All the characters played their part and were given equal screen space. The story does concern with Vedant mainly but, it doesn’t leave the other characters out of the scene. The book is fast paced and eventually, the readers will find out all the secrets that lies in Tamara.

What I felt could have been better is if the scenes were more detailed. While delivering the dialogues, if the surroundings, the environment around the characters were more descriptive, I feel the whole story would have come to life. Also, the characters could have been a bit more expressive, their reactions to different situations could have been a bit more detailed.

Overall, Paybacks and Betrayals is a good book and will be a good choice for mystery and thriller lovers.

POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING : ⭐⭐⭐ / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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