Book Review: Just You, Me and a Secret by Ganga Bharani

This book is a perfect travel read!

The Blurb:

Pitch dark. Extreme Silence. Felt like vacuum. I opened my eyes and found nothing familiar. Where am I? First of all, who am I? Ashruth says I was head over heels in love with him. He says our wedding was fixed. But there is no trace of love for him in me. I don t remember anything. Why would I have loved this pumpkin? San was drunk but I got intoxicated. I had fallen for him gradually. I can t imagine marrying anyone else. But how do I stop my wedding now? Don t say I am dead. I am all alive, standing right in front of you. I am not dead. Trust me. And the secret comes to light. Just you, me and a secret -A battle between past, present and the nothing called future.

Excerpt:

He looked at me but I was still looking at Santhosh in the photograph. He was tall, fair complexioned and looked very adorable. Even in that confused state of mind I couldn’t resist admiring a guy like that. I could have forgotten the past but I still remained a girl made of flesh, bones, blood and hormones. Ashruth toggled the photo and diverted me before I could think any further about Santhosh.

My Review:

Having read GB’s interesting tales, crisp reviews and watched creative short movies on her blog, I read her debut book with a lot of expectation and I must say that she did a wonderful job, much better than established writers did. GB opens her debut book with questions like “Who am I?” “This is me?” “How old am I?” and succeeds in making us feel the same. Meera, the female lead character, do not know who she is finds herself in a locked room in a stranger’s house, Ashruth, who claims to be her lover and she was head over heels in love with him, which she could not believe it.

She was given her diary (Clara, I liked the fact that she named her diary) by him to learn her past. As she reads the diary, she believes that ‘she’ in the diary could not be her, though it is written by her. She gets to know about San from her diary and tries to uncover the mystery behind her past. Will she find how she lost her memory? Will she find out if she was really in love with Ashruth? Or was it San whom she loved deeply and madly? Will she uncover her past? Will she marry Ashruth or San?

To know the answers read the mysterious gripping fast-paced novel from the pen of GB – Just You, Me, and a Secret – A battle between past, present and the nothing called future.

For sure, the book will, tempt you to read the book at one stretch, as the more you read; the more you get into the story. The more you get into the story, the more the twists you expect, and GB does not fail us to surprise with the twist. I have read a book with the similar story line written by a famous Indian author published months after the release of GB’s Just, You, Me and a secret; the author failed to surprise us, but GB managed to do well. She deserves a High-Five for such a fantastic attempt. Overall, it was a great read!

The negative points are the font used in the book, paragraph alignment and other formatting stuff. I felt that it could have been done better, but then that does not take away any of the accolades, I have to give to this fantabulous book. I give this book a five-star rating.

Rating:
Plots: 5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 4.5/5
Twists: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.8/5

Book Details:
Title: Just You, Me and a Secret
Author: Ganga Bharani
Genre: Mystery
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Tales4 Publications
Language: English
No. of pages: 168
Year of Publication: 2013
Price: 150 Rs.

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Mystery served with a twist to read again and again! This book, Just You, Me and a Secret, is a gripping fast-paced novel with a twist that kept me hooked till the end. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, A Brilliant Attempt by a Debut Author, Highly Recommended for all the Mystery Lovers, No Second Thoughts!

This book was bought by me from FlipKart.com. This is not a paid review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Preview: Soulmates: Love Without Ownership by Vinit K Bansal

Presenting Soulmates: Love without ownership from the best selling author of “I am Heartless” Vinit K. Bansal

The Blurb:

We all know that Love is the most beautiful feeling in this world. But what if it becomes an obsession?
It can be fatal.

This is a story of love, friendship, passion, obsession and sacrifice. A story that seeks to find out the real meaning of love. A story describing the purest form of love.

Neel«»Aditi«»Ranadeep«»Ria«»Neel

Neel is a simple small town middle class boy who comes to a new city for studies. On his very first night in the city, when he saves Ranadeep’s life, he realizes his life is about to change. But he had no idea that it would lead him to a path from where there would be no turning back. Neel and Ranadeep’s friendship cements beyond the conventional measures and they are inseparable and like a family. Neel eventually meets Aditi, his beautiful, simple and dainty new classmate and there is love at first site. Life for Neel, Aditi and Ranadeep is perfect till the day Ranadeep meets Ria and falls obsessively for her. While Ranadeep is frighteningly obsessive about Ria, the suave Ria has her heart set on Neel. Things begin to get complicated and then suddenly something drastic happens.

Neel is put behind bars on charges of Ria’s murder.
Will Neel be able to convince his innocence to Aditi and Ranadeep?
Will Ranadeep ever be able to forgive Neel for snatching away his love?
How far can Aditi go to save the life of her love from the grips of destiny?
Can there be a love without ownership?
Find out what happens when love has to pay its price.

Excerpt:

That was the first time I saw her. And it was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen. For a moment, everything around me blurred. Time seemed to have come to a standstill. There was no music, just her and the roaring silence. Her beautiful, round face was flushed red with energy. Her pink luscious lips seemed to murmur something. She brought her hands to her ears and touched them. Then she raised her eyebrows, crinkled up her nose and made a little pout with her lips. She was gesturing a sorry. It was the cutest expression that I had ever seen. Something fluttered inside my stomach. She crinkled up her nose a little more. That moment, I wished I could just grab her and kiss her. Instead I just smiled. Satisfied that I had forgiven her, she smiled the prettiest smile in the world and there, at that moment, I realized I had lost my heart.

About the Author:

Vinit K. Bansal began his journey as a poet and soon, he graduated as prolific author and editor of national repute.

His first novel ‘I am Heartless’ created a sensation in the Indian writing industry and is widely considered as one of the top ten Indian romantic novels that redefined romance. His anthology series ‘Uff Ye Emotions’ has been the synonym of success in the segment since the past couple of years. Versatility remains the key factor in Vinit’s writing and has helped him create a niche for himself as a writer in both, Hindi and English language in fiction as well as in the non-fiction segment. Other than writing, he is a creative consultant and a motivational speaker as well, often conducting regular sessions on motivation and personality development in different academic institutes of India.

He can be contacted at: author.vinitbansal@gmail.com or follow him at https://www.facebook.com/vini14jan

Rating Preview:
Blurb: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Excerpts: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Preview Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: Soulmates… Love Without Ownership
Author: Vinit K. Bansal
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Red Ink Publishers
Language: English
Pages: 248
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 175 Rs.

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Vinit is a fantastic writer and a wonderful human being. I have read his previous books “I am Heartless”, Uff Ye Emotions series, and excerpts from this book. It is written beautifully and touches the heart. I am sure that “Soulmates: Love without ownership” will be a best seller!

This preview is a gesture of friendship. The opinions expressed here are my own and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. Once I receive the review copy, I will my opinion after reading the book.