An Autograph for Anjali– The Book Review

An Autograph for Anjali by Sundari Venkatraman

 

An autography for Anjali

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Jayant Mathur is found murdered in his bed, shot at point-blank range with his own revolver. Though she’s extremely disturbed by his death, Jayant’s wife Anjali is way more upset about something else. Who stands to gain by killing the multi-millionaire businessman?

Parth Bhardwaj is a friend and neighbour of the Mathurs. Parth is an author who goes by a pseudonym. He appears more than a friend to Anjali; while he’s also on good terms with her son Arjun who lives and studies in the UK. What role does he play in Anjali’s life? Jayant’s relatives are curious to know.

Jayant’s brother-in-law Rana is convinced that Parth and Anjali are the murderers. But Inspector Phadke has his own doubts about this theory. In comes Samrat, the private detective who appears as quiet as a mouse. Will he be able to find the murderer?

Will Anjali find happiness and peace?

I picked this book from Amazon on one of my purchasing frenzy. My reasons for buying  was simple– I know the author, saw the promotion of the book and liked its premise. I have read Sundari’s previous work too but did not enjoy it much. However, this was an interesting read. I personally feel that as an author, her voice in the story has matured, and she has become bolder in the exploration of subjects. Although I still believe that there is a long way for her to go, but she does seem to have found her voice.

I finished it in a single read and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the story. The book is pure romance, with a bit of mystery thrown into it. What I loved  was the non-preachy way it was treated with. The author remained in the character and avoided judging them on her own.

What I loved

  • The first thing I loved about the book was the well-developed characters. I liked that characters had their backstories and that they were 3 dimensional in nature.
  • The second thing that I enjoyed was the pacing of the story. So many times the story fails because of the pacing, especially the story which has both romance and suspense as the feature of the story. But the Book has the right pace to keep the readers interested in the story.
What I did not like

 

  • The head hopping is there in the novel. I think I am developing an allergy to the head-hopping thing.
  • There were a few “suspended belief” moments where my belief had to be too stretched to get into the scenes of the story.
  • The third thing which I think was seriously lacking in the novel was the setting. The author has nailed the party scene and everything, but then she has skimmed over the settings. For the author who has the rich Indian land as the background, there was no connection with the location. I think that connection would have made the story more authentic.

Overall View

Overall the book is an interesting one-time read. It is a pleasant time pass read. I might not read it again and again(maybe, once more), but it is perfect read after a heavy day of work.

Overall Rating

Three Stars

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