WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5
Where I Muse
When I was done reading Trust Me Not, it took me a lot of time to decide the genre I would put the book in. The book has elements of a political thriller, romance and drama. To classify it into one genre would be a gross injustice. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a new genre – Bollywood Masala. This is because it essentially has all the elements of a Bollywood entertainer and I really hope that one day I will see it playing in a theatre near me.
What is the story like?
The story has many plots and characters. Reeva Rai is an intelligent young woman who works in a public relations firm. Kunaal Kabi is a rich and handsome guy who is known for his achievements and resourcefulness by one and all in the media industry. When they meet at a common acquaintance’s wedding they share an undeniable chemistry. But Kunaal has a dark side to his personality, and even though Reeva realizes it, she is still drawn to him. Coincidence sees Reeva soon moving to a separate public relations firm and her boss is none other than Kunaal.
On the other hand, the PR firm which they lead soon lands a big contract of a political firm. JBP is riding high on anti-incumbency wave and may very soon win the upcoming elections. To further boost their image they give their PR contract to Reeva and Kunaal. But there is someone out there to seek revenge and tarnish JBP’s image. An ugly nexus of a revenge-seeking businessman, a dishonest politician, an overambitious news reporter and a mysterious guy called Fixer will draw Reeva and Kunaal into a PR battle the likes of which they have never encountered before.
Romance, Thriller or a Political Fiction?
Trust Me Not has a perfect blend of romance, political fiction, drama and thriller. Even though it has an overwhelming number of characters and subplots, it isn’t a complicated read. There is sufficient time given to each character and subplot.
The characters grow on you
The main characters of Reeva and Kunaal are a treat to read. The tantalizing chemistry which they share in their “playing with fire” kind of romance is a pleasure to read. All the other side characters (and they were many of them) are also developed well. For example, businessman Thapar comes across as a truly diabolical character, while the news reporter Arunabh is very aptly portrayed as a hungry shark.
Loved the writing style
The writing style of the author is brilliant. There was never a dull moment in the entire book. Each chapter brought in a new twist and turn and that is what kept the reader in me baffled and excited right till the end. The book also gives a good insight into the workings of a PR firm. There is a lot to take from the various subplots too. Reading Trust Me Not was in a way like watching a star-studded Bollywood romance thriller.
What was the climax like?
The climax was special too. Most good books that I read fail miserably when it comes to the climax. In the case of Trust Me Not, the climax was as exciting as the book itself and I simply loved it. It was totally unpredictable and gave a befitting end to the huge build-up that preceded it.
What I did not like?
The only thing that could have been better in the book was its length. It was about 400 pages. As a reader, I found every page interesting, but the sheer length of the book may come across as a detriment for many readers to pick this book up.
Needless to state, Trust Me Not was a classic page-turner. It was loaded with entertainment and like a good fiction did not let the reader’s interest waiver at any point in time. I would, therefore, rate this book 4.5 stars on entertainment quotient.
Pick it up if
Pick this book up if you like political thrillers and subtle romances for this book is a perfect combination of both.
Skip it if
If romance is not your cup of tea and if lengthy books (around 400 pages) do not appeal to you.
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