Book Title: Trust Me Not
Author: Ankita Verma Dutta
Total Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Publication Date: 15 October 2017
Genre: Fiction / Thriller / Socio Political Thriller
Rising corporate star Reeva Rai is offered a prestigious position in a top-notch PR agency. It is the opportunity of a lifetime. But working with Enigmatic Billionaire Kunaal Kabi was not going to be easy. Even as she develops feelings for him, she is determined to prove herself.
But when an activist friend turns to her for help with a real-estate scam, Reeva has to make a high-stakes choice. Can she retain the credibility of her prominent clients while helping hundreds save their homes? As she digs deeper to find solutions, a nefarious scheme unravels with unexpected connections. A no-holds-barred race ensues, blood is drawn and Reeva is trapped in the eye of a political thunderstorm. If she succeeds, powerful people will have much to answer.
I come across plenty of thrillers and crime fiction novels these days and I have also read a fair share of them. I love thrillers. There’s no point denying it. I live for the thrill that they give while reading. But, I have noticed that it’s always pretty much the same plot. One trying to kill another, or someone had previously killed someone and that person is to identified or it’s about exes going crazy over each other and pulling strings for payback. These are some of the common plots of thriller and crime novels.
Mystery, Suspense, the Thrilling aspect and Crimes are always intermingled together in books of these genres. Trust Me Not is slightly different in its approach and that is the first thing which makes the book different from others in the same genre. It’s a socio-political thriller set up in the corporate world, it’s fancy and high-tech. The characters are strong and heady and they come from wealth, they are rich in all sense, not just money. Well refined, classy, stylish and sophisticated.
There are several sub-plots stitched into the main plot. Talking of the main plotline, Reeva Rai, a corporate rising star is presented with an esteemed position in a public relations agency. When one day her family gets invited to a wedding, Reeva meets Kunaal Kabi. He is a billionaire and the face of media corporates. almost everyday. He is known for his achievements and is highly respected for his hard work. Before I proceed any further, let me just tell ya that I have a thing for billionaires :p. Okay, back to the plot. Once their eyes land on each other, Reeva and Kunaal cannot deny the string of attraction they feel towards each other. It’s like an inferno. They feel the spark immediately. Kunaal is a handsome eligible bachelor but surrounds himself with a mysterious aura which can put people off. Slightly intimidating, people would definitely think twice before approaching him. But it doesn’t put Reeva off. She is intrigued by his demeanor and also is really taken by him as a person. When she moves into a new PR agency, she finds that her boss is none other than Kunaal Kabi. Sparks are flying and it’s getting hot!
While working for the new media corporate, Reeva and Kunaal are handed with a suitable prospect of overlooking the JBP’s coverage and also to raise their name and image before the people. The political group, JBP is set out to win the elections and their winning is thought of as definitive since there’s no other such strong political group. Reeva wasn’t included into the project beforehand, but it was the firm which was provided with the project. Kunaal and Reeva were chosen as fit candidates to work on this project.
But, you know how these political parties work. They try to bring each other down by pulling up stunts just before the elections and there’s one such person out there who is trying to defame JBP.
There are several sub-plots and each have their own characters. Reeva and Kunaal have to stand against several challenges, fight off people and defend themselves from people who could be of potential harm. It’s a battle. Whether they can stand through the obstacles, maneveour through them and present a clean image of JBP is what the rest of the book talks about.
Trust Me Not has many layers and characters but the author has successfully crafted the characters well and it didn’t get confusing remembering their names and purpose. Mostly, the new characters were included into each sequence one by one and they didn’t appear in other scenes. That is what made it easier to remember the characters. The main characters have been sketched out well. They kept developing with each chapter and that’s what I liked most about the book. Reeva’s character was most definitely developed. Kunaal’s character could have been worked a bit more but still, he was equally compelling. The narration was smooth and the language was simple but not amateurish. The sentence structuring was really good. One more important point, the climax didn’t let me down.
The book has been written in third person so, we get to hear both of the character’s side of the story.
Now the one thing which I feel could have been better about the book is that the scenes and the settings are not described much. So, I feel it would have been better if the surroundings were described a bit more. It would have added more depth to the plot. I wanted to see what the wedding was like and it’s setting, I wanted to visualise Reeva’s home and her office, I wanted to peek into the setting when Reeva and Kunaal conversed. So, these are some things which I missed in the book.
The book is pretty lengthy but I wasn’t intimidated by it. Even if it’s lengthy, it didn’t get boring for me. But for readers who don’t like to read books with too many pages should know what they are getting themselves into. You need to have patience and time to read this book.
MY FINAL VERDICT
The book can definitely be made into a movie and if indeed it is made into a movie someday, I wouldn’t want to miss out on it :D.
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