Book Review: 'Secretly Yours' By Vikrant Khanna
Book Review: Secretly Yours
Author: Vikrant Khanna
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Price: Rs. 145/-
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Every once in a while, I read a book that makes my mind go haywire, and clearly not in a good way.
The book that bagged this award this month is 'Secretly Yours' by Vikrant Khanna. Read the review to know why:
Back Blurb from the book-
Everyone has secrets but is hers the most shocking? Orphaned at birth, seventeen-year-old Sahil has always blamed himself for his parents' death. He has little interest in life until he meets the enigmatic Anya in a chance encounter during the Shimla fest. Soon he falls head over heels in love with her, but Anya doesn't reciprocate his feelings.
An accident leaves him in a coma and when he wakes up he makes a startling discovery-he can read minds! Now he can find out what goes on in Anya's mind and maybe, just maybe, make her fall in love with him. But is Anya all she seems? Or is she hiding something? Deliciously plotted, full of morbid secrets and startling revelations, Secretly Yours will make you question what you see and who you trust."
Plot- The 17-year-old protagonist, Sahil's life is the living example of Murphy's Law. Everything that could possibly go wrong in a teenager's life has gone wrong in his and he takes to self-harm, smoking, and alcohol to momentarily forget the pain.
Sahil is not sure what his career would be, for he undecidedly thinks of being a musician, a guitarist until Anya, the female lead, enters. Anya enrolls in the music academy where Sahil is a student. The instructor there is too busy to attend to new students that he leaves the beginners to be taught by other students. Sahil teaches Anya how to play the guitar while falling in love with her hair, which he is obsessed with, and her. Anya, though gives Sahil all the signs of falling in love, rejects him when he tells her so which brings out the writer in Sahil and he gets halfway through his barely written book.
Amidst this half-baked love story, comes the thrill of a serial killer on loose committing murders and secret disappearances of Anya along with the unexplained behavior of her friends.
His Grandma, who unapologetically blames him for the death of his parents dies in a car accident (guess who was driving the car?) and Sahil, who goes into a coma for a month after the accident, acquires mind reading skills but he is no Edward Cullen. For his skill to work, he has to be in physical contact with the person he wants to read the mind of.
Will Sahil be able to find out Anya's secret and save her from the impending doom? Will he be able to sort out his upturned life and his relationships? To find out, grab the book, but at your own risk.
- Short Chapters.
- Coverage of teen turmoil.
- Various Plot Elements.
- Number of Clichés more than the number of Chapters.
- Misleading Blurb.
- Unwanted Explanations.
- Poor Character Development.
- Predictable Ending.
- Editing errors.
- Poorly Titled Chapters.
Vikrant Khanna is a captain in the Merchant Navy. He is the bestselling author of When Life Tricked Me and Love Lasts Forever. Apart from writing, he is fond of composing songs and playing the guitar. He lives in New Delhi.
Personal Opinion: I never pick up books by Indian Authors unless the blurb is exciting enough to arouse my curiosity, and that is a very rare occurrence. The redundancy in plots and lack of innovation are visibly hurting the Indian writing community. People keep to the basic clichéd love stories adding an easily predictable twist.
At first, I thought I was reading something in the lines of Hancock, a Will Smith movie, but it later changed tracks in the lines of Twilight. Now you know what to expect.
If you noticed, I try my best to level the number of Pros and Cons in my reviews but this one just wouldn't let me. I think that says it all.
Haven't read the author's bestsellers but this was surely not the best he can do. From the way he writes, he could have done a lot better than this.
Pick up as per your judgment!
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Until Next Time,
Be kind to one another.