Sunday, 12 March 2017

Book Review- Strangers With Known Faces by Gautam Datta

Book Details-
Book Name- Stranges With Known Faces
Author- Gautam Datta
Genre- Fiction
Publisher- Invincible Publishers
Pages- 257 pages
Price- ₹185

Rajat, Meenakshi, Sadaaf, Amol, and Shanaya are five University students with nothing in common- who should never have met in the first place. They meet after winning a lucky draw- the prize of which was to take part in a puzzle game. Though the game was engrossing, they were unable to solve the puzzle in the stipulated time. However, this lead to the beginning of a deep friendship between them. Their friendship blossomed. But ego and misunderstanding led to an acrimonious break up. They meet again- two decades later- when Shanaya is murdered, and the other four are suspects. The four soon realize that in spite of being estranged for so many years, there were unknown ties that bound them- ties of treachery, deceit, and subterfuge. Ties that have led them to come together in circumstances that no one could have foreseen. And the game that they had left incomplete two decades back has to be played yet again – on a much bigger canvas. Now they have to trust each other, clear their names, and get to the bottom of the mystery, which threatens not only their lives and relationships, but also the fabric of democratic India. As their travels and travails continue, they discover hitherto unknown facets of the people around them, as well as their own selves. Can they succeed in resolving the puzzle this time? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? As hidden aspects of the human personality are revealed, they realize that no one is what he or she appears to be. For the world comprises of ‘Strangers With Known Faces’.

Review- Review -  Strangers With Known Faces is a crime thriller written by Gautam Datta. This book is a perfect treat for people who enjoy complex stories with complex characters where by each passing page you get to know more about the characters; slightly irritating but engaging. 

Book Title and Cover- The book title is interesting. It creates curiosity about the book and gives a hint about the story. Cover is appropriate however it could be made more interesting.
Blurb is intriguing and up to mark.

Language and Narration- The language used in this novel is lucid and rich in vocabulary. The narration is done in first person narrative. It is done well.
Book is without any errors and thus it makes for a wonderful reading experience.

Characterization - The author has done a beautiful job of portraying his characters. As the story continues, the characters grow and have a unique impact on the readers. The back story about the characters was very interesting and glued me to the book.

Storyline and Plot- This book surely serves us a unique plot with fresh story line. Author has done a well job weaving complexity of characters with broken friendships and crime. 
Twists and turns are given throughout the book which binds readers with the book.

Book Title and Cover- 3/5
Language and Narration- 3.5/5
Characterization- 3.5/5
Storyline and Plot- 3/5

Final Rating- 3/5

I would recommend this book to crime thriller readers.

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