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Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 2 October 2017
You Never Know…Sometimes love can drag you through hell. I read aloud this book title, look at the bright red book cover depicting blood, and feel a chill run down my spine. This is going to be an exciting thriller, I think. And I couldn’t be more right! This unputdownable book is sure a thriller. The characters are entangled in a love triangle, which take such a dangerous turn midway that it tests the love and their life choices in an extreme manner.
Taking a minute to talk about the author, Akash Verma is an entrepreneur and co-founder of two Internet start-ups in fashion and food sectors. Prior to this, he has worked in organizations like Coca-Cola, Big FM and Red FM. He has travelled across the country for work and he uses this experience in his novels. His other works include novels like It Happened That Night, A Broken Man and Three Times Loser. You Never Know is my first novel by Akash Verma, but after this read, my Amazon wishlist is surely going to include more of his works!
Going straight to the gist of the book, the story is based in the backdrop of a bustling Gurgaon city. One of the main character of the story Dhruv Saxena is a happy man, married to a beautiful and smart psychiatrist Shalini and they have the perfect kids, Kabir and Sia. Dhruv cannot be more successful at work. He is a favorite at C&M, the advertising company that he works for, and is promoted to the coveted post of Delhi branch head. He has a new car and a posh apartment and he just couldn’t ask for more.
And then Anuradha, a beautiful and smart woman, walks into his office one fine day as the new creative head for C&M. She brings with her a wave of familiarity and beauty and sweeps Dhruv off his feet. He tries to stay away from Anuradha but she impresses him even more by doing an amazing work for a difficult client and saving the company. Dhruv wants to spend all his time with the magical woman and continues to get attracted to her. As much as he knows how wrong it is for a married man to feel this way for another woman, he absolutely cannot control himself. It seems to him like it is meant to be.
Anuradha begins reciprocating the same, she feels a similar pull towards Dhruv, even though she knows that Dhruv had a happy family of his own. Before either of them can realize, Dhruv and Anuradha are part of the evil territory called extra-marital affair. Dhruv begins lying to Shalini to spend more time with Anuradha. Day by day, his family starts growing apart, Anuradha being the reason for it. But Dhruv has never been so happy before and he cannot stay away from this woman.
But how long can this be smooth and stable? A wave of unpredictable circumstances hit these happy people’s life, and it is surprisingly not from Dhruv’s family. Anuradha has a not-so-happy past with her ex-boyfriend Sid. Sid had an unfortunate life full of debts he couldn’t pay and the dangerous creditors behind him. He committed suicide in Lal Tibba, Dehradun. The creditors, Hemant bhaiya and his gang, now turned towards Dhruv and Anuradha, with the aim of disrupting their lives till they find that one secret that Sid had before he died, a secret that could blow the gang’s life. And to get that from Dhruv, they can go to any extent.
The story takes such a very interesting twist and Dhruv is faced with dangerous people who could harm him and his family. How does Dhruv, the hero of the story, save everyone and puts back the pieces of his and his family’s life? What is the story behind Sid’s suicide and how is Anuradha related to it? You need to read this book to find out.
I couldn’t keep my eyes open last night but I could not put down the book till I finished it. My favorite character in the book is Dhruv. He started off as a character I couldn’t relate to, with his action of extra-marital affair and cheating on his wife. But somewhere through the book, I realized that he genuinely loved Anuradha and he had taken the decision to spend time with her because he strongly felt like it. Anuradha’s character is strongly built too and she is the wind-keeper of the story.
If I could change something in the book, I would describe the characters in more details in the beginning of the story. Also, I would add more to the part where Shalini suspects Dhruv’s unusual behavior and Dhruv feels guiltier for what he is doing. I loved the ending, thumbs-up on that!
I would recommend the book for those who want a light but interesting read over a weekend or holiday.