A romantic thriller with the backdrop of human trafficking should really make for an interesting read. Given that I had read Adite’s previous book, I quite knew what to expect as far as the romance part of the book is concerned. As a matter of fact, Adite’s previous books certainly qualify as being the perfect Indian Mills and Boons kind of books. Piqued by the curiosity of such a writer venturing into romance, I picked up the book.
Qiara, our protagonist, works for a Non-Profit organization which works for the welfare of underprivileged girls. The chief patron of her organization is wanted for money laundering. Eventually, their office is raided for abetting the laundering as the patron disappears and one of the girls funded by them disappears too. To save her mentor and the organization Qiara is forced to travel back to Delhi to get to the bottom of this and to find him. What follows is a harrowing tale of illegal adoptions.
The writing was spot on. Given that the writer has proved her mettle as far as romance is concerned, that part of the book was absolutely perfect. The thriller part of the book, for a seasoned thriller reader would be normal and nothing out of the box. Nevertheless, the plot was well paced and kept me engaged in spite of some predictable sequences. The characterization was done perfectly with each character being depicted in a realistic manner. I do have a couple of peeve points. The first being the characterization of negative characters – there is a bunch of them varying from pure evil to mildly bad. Their characters kind of lacked that punch packing motive. The second was the climax in itself, it was perfect and had a lot of potential to be made even more thrilling, but the writer chose to tone it down which took away that slam-bam effect a typical thriller would provide.
The cover certainly could have been better illustrated.
MY SAY: Perfect romantic suspense.
About the Book
NUMBER OF PAGES: 200
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publisher – Harlequin.
BOOK LINKS : Amazon