The Bestseller She Wrote

the bestseller she wrote

Book Blurb:

He was a bestseller… She wanted him to make her one.
Paperback king, Aditya Kapoor’s life is straight out of a modern man’s fantasy. His literary stardom is perfectly balanced by a loving wife and a spectacular career. With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak.
Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of ambition. Young, beautiful, and reckless, Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what she wants is to be a bestselling author.
What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can real ambition come in the way of blind passion? Can trust once broken, be regained?
Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian, delves into the glitzy world of bestsellers and uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protégé.
The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.

My Review:

This is the first book by Ravi Subramanian that I read. I am yet to read the famous banking-thrillers. ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ is a bit different from his earlier works. The genre is romantic intrigue. Mystery and suspense is there, of course, but it is not just a fast paced thriller.

The characters are well fleshed out in the book. Aditya loves all the media coverage he gets, all the love and adulation of his fans and his colleges. But his rendezvous with the management trainee, Shreya is about to turn his life upside down. He’s cheating on his wife, staking his family bonds, and trusting an over ambitious Shreya blindly. Everything has consequences. Aditya’s almost about to lose everything- his family, his mega stardom and his career. Can he save himself?

Shreya is a dark character. One word that I would like to describe her in is ‘psychological ‘. She seems free spirited, motivated, fiercely ambitious and clear in plans for her life at first but turns out to be something different than what we imagined of her. She seems to be changing gradually in the book, with time. So whether she was so from the beginning and hiding out her true self well or time changed her is a mystery. I guess perhaps she didn’t know her motives were changing until her actions showed it. She was obsessive about what she wanted from Aditya regarding her debut book. She was extremely possessive about the people around her, whether it was Aditya or her best friend Sunaina. She would do anything to keep them near, even if that meant seducing or threatened one with consequences. She was an almost psychopath, I’d say a sociopath too.

There’s mystery and intrigue that is maintained well till the end and revealed in perfect detail. Any avid reader would notice the clues left in almost every chapter to solve the mystery, which are summed up at the end. It is one interesting plot with no flaws or loopholes, well paced page-turner. I like it a lot when every chapter has to offer something different yet relevant to the story. Here this is taken care of very well by the author and the editors. No sequence of events is irrelevant jotting of happenings. Curiosity quotient is maintained in amply throughout, gradually increasing towards the climax.

Ravi Subramanian has touched upon some facts of today’s business world through the story- job loss of employees for no fault of theirs when the organization’s business is affected in some way. He captured the essence of our times through the mention and inclusion of modern day Indian authors, filmmakers and the threat of epidemic our country faced recently- Ebola. He has also shared details about the publishing industry- I was fascinated by it a lot, I’d say. The knowledge about editing; the rapport with the editor; the media coverage that a bestselling author’s life gets; the celebrity status that readers give him and how luck, marketing strategies, scandals and controversies work wonders for the promotion of a book –is very interesting to read about. Alluring.

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About The Author:

ravi subramanian

Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bengaluru, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. For Ravi, The Bestseller She Wrote,  marks the beginning of a new chapter in his writing. A significant departure from his usual fare, this is Ravi’s first book on romantic intrigue. 
He is the award winning author of seven bestselling books. His 8th book, The Bestseller She Wrote released on October 19th 2015. 
If God was a Banker won him the Golden Quill readers choice award in 2008. He also won the Economist Crossword Book Award for The Incredible Banker in 2012.  "The Bankster", released in 2012 won him the Crossword Book Award in 2013. In 2014 he won the Raymond Crossword book award for Bankerupt. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Dharini, and daughter, Anusha. 
To connect with him, log on to Facebook at or tweet to @subramanianravi. You can also stay in touch with him by downloading the Ravi Subramanian App on iOS or Android. 
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