Book Title: The Wild Cat
Author: Taanya Sharma
Total Number of Pages: 291
Publisher: Invincible Publishers
Publication Date: 21 Dec 2017
Genre: Fiction / Erotic Thriller / Mystery
Based on true events, this erotic thriller novel tells the tale of a young, naive woman named Tanya who enters the online dating and chat world. Her first foray into this digital realm initially proves to be bland and disappointing; however, sex, suspense, power struggles and attempted murder soon unfold. These unwelcome adventures interfere with her business and her sanity as she aspires to live up to her deceased parent’s standards.
A conman named Sam ensnares Aaron, a handsome investment banker, into his ploy and uses him as a pawn to lure women into doing things they normally wouldn’t do. Sam then exposes their personal information as well as their images, sometimes in the act of cyber sex, and posts them on a very successful porn website that he owns. Tanya’s encounter with these two men evolves into a long, winding road, with each turn bringing irreparable changes in her life.
Enraged by the deceit and the unconscionable behavior of these men, Tanya turns whistleblower and vows to assist the FBI in shutting down the dating app and porn site – and she won’t stop until the perverted perpetrators are behind bars. She never relents, but ultimately laments, “I never thought that I would have to give up my life to remain alive.”
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Tanya, an art gallery owner happens to download this app called iVoice once she learns that she has been using it to date this person who is the owner of a sexy voice according to her. iVoice is a dating app but the twist is that it’s not like any other dating app. It’s a dating app based on voices of different people. One can only connect with another person he/she is interested in by hearing his/her voice. No real names, no identities. Just voice. The application has a option to lock in the phone number and also has a voice changer option if any user feels not to reveal their own voice.
This app does sound like an interesting idea but also has so many disadvantages to it. I wouldn’t be using it if such an app was invented in real life.
Tanya, aka Iron Angel on iVoice comes across another user called Adam who invites her to a private chat. Adam apparently is married and is a father to three kids. He shows signs of perversion and voyeurism and have cybered (cyber sex) quite a few times but his wife doesn’t mind even when she knows about his addiction. I don’t know why. Even his therapist knows about it but takes no step to stop him from his adventures. Tanya and Adam end up talking about the colours of underwear they wear, whether they wash hands after peeing, whether they sleep in PJs or sleep naked. I mean, girl you are talking to a virtual stranger and you haven’t even seen his face and you are already talking about penises, panties and thongs!! Like, seriously. I was exasperated at her common sense. He could have turned out to be an old pimp who doesn’t think twice before killing innocent girls!
Anyways, coming to the second user Phantom; he is the lead male protagonist in this book. Aaron aka Phantom turns out to be an investment banker and is pretty civil when they first engage in conversation. He isn’t a creep like the two other users she had interacted previously. They almost talk everyday. As days pass, Tanya becomes more addicted to this app and starts to feel “soft” for Aaron. Of course it had to be a trap. You didn’t just think that things will go smoothly, did you?
There’s always some people lurking in the background to pounce on when they are presented with opportunities. There’s one such person in this iVoice app too. He gains a large sum of money by selling of phone numbers and private images of the girls who uses this app. When Tanya comes to know about this and learns that Aaron is also linked with this whole ploy, she plots a revenge against them. The rest of the story follows Tanya in her revenge and whether she finds success in her plan. This book ends with a cliffhanger like most books in series do.
I really liked the narration and the concept behind this book. It has got this whole “to create awareness against the hazards of using online dating sites” written over it and I really appreciate the author for bringing out such a topic into light. The flow was good. The language was surprisingly good too. It’s hard to find books with good language these days.
But, the characters were a little too hard for me to believe. I didn’t like Tanya much. Her behaviour opposes to that of her being a grown woman with common sense. Her character was unbelievable for me. I mean, who would really behave like her in their right mind. I would have understood her naivety had she been a teenage girl going through her puberty. But she’s not. She is a young woman fully capable of thinking things through before acting. I get it you can be curious and all but talking about undies in your first chat even when you haven’t seen the user’s face? You’ve got to be kidding me! Aaron and the other characters were quite believable but Tanya acted like a silly girl which I didn’t like. Though later on she proved to have developed some sort of common sense.
I understand that writing in first person isn’t easy but the repeated use of ‘I’ was a bit too much for my liking. I don’t know if I am the only person who didn’t like the book but, what I said in this review is my personal opinion.
If you have an affinity towards mystery and thriller books, you might end up liking this one, who knows?
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