Trust Me Not – Book Review

Author: Ankita Verma Datta

Kindle Edition: 384 Pages

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House ( October 15th 2017)

Language: English

Genre: Political Thriller

ISBN: 978-9386850713

About The Book:

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.

About The Author:

Ankita Verma Datta is an Economics graduate from Mumbai University and is trained in advertising communication and marketing at the Xavier Institute of Management/Communication. She has spent more than a decade in the advertising industry, handling a wide range of clients from finance, insurance, education, food industry and also government sector and political campaigns, before starting her own communications consultancy in 2003. Apart from marketing and advertising, she has interests in various other fields, including curating antique Portugal houses in Goa and ‘hobby-breeding’ the exotic dog breed of Tibetan Mastiffs. An ardent nature and animal lover, she spends her time between Mumbai, Lonavala and Goa.
Trust Me Not is her debut fiction novel and she intends to continue writing socio-political thrillers with current relevance in future too. She writes to evoke and entertain.

My Take:

The book is a political thriller and bound to impress the readers who prefer such genre. It’s often difficult to pull through a thriller novel which keeps the reader engaged until the end and keeps him guessing. And this book achieves that smoothly. With the surprising end, it leaves the readers with mouth agape.

The characters in the book are many but the story binds them all perfectly and revolves amongst the few. The protagonist of the story, Reeva, showcases the perfectly the new-age career-oriented woman who knows what she wants. The other lead character, Kunaal, is the person with a deep dark secret and his personality reflects that brilliantly. His character simply goes ahead to highlight that we all are flawed the way we are no matter how perfect our lives might appear on the outside. There are other characters which portray our modern age society, deep-rooted with age-old customs and also corruption. The silent struggle between the characters as a result of their ideals is something that is subtly depicted.  This book through its characters lets the reader peek into the world we live in at present if only one remembers to read between the lines.

The plot of the novel is not something our of the world or something a reader may or may not have ever thought about. It definitely sheds a light on what goes on behind the political drama a reader comes across in the daily life. It is facts masked with the fiction that makes the plot believable. The hint of slightly brewing romance adds another flavour to the story, which might appear a little filmy to some readers. The book does often feel dragged at times with the endless loops of secret and showed plannings, but as soon as the drama unfolds the books grabs the attention of the reader again.

Within the spread of 230 pages, it has everything including emotional dilemmas, political drama, take on modern society, dark secrets, hint of love, the dash of courage, the authenticity of morals and much more

Bottom line: An unputdownable thriller,  with a mix of emotions.


My Rating:


Scale of Rating: 1– Ignore It!! 2-Don’t Touch It!! 3-One Time Read!! 4-Add To Your TBR!! 5-Read it NOW!!!

And now I’ll leave you with a few lines from the book…

“Chances are given only if willing to take them. ”
“But it would be a grave fallacy to expect to change everything and at the same time, want it all to remain the same.”
“And your life choices can’t be based on compromises”
“Not everything is about what is right”
“I think today, everything comes with a price tag, even things which shouldn’t, including happiness and peace of mind.”
“When a business owner wants the public to believe something so badly. There’s always something not worth believing in it.”
“Whether you like it or not, every single choice you make defines you for the rest of your life. Many choices come to you. The question is whether you’re able to select the right one for yourself. Finally, all that matters, is following your heart.”
“How do you judge a person, who is neither all good not all bad? You don’t judge; you make a choice based on whether you can live wiht it.”
“Te use of the brain and the heart is always mutually exclusive. Don’t try using them together.”

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