Trust Me Not by Ankita Verma Datta is a socio-political thriller with a blend of romance. The story starts with the introduction of Reeva Rai, young, beautiful and intelligent girl who works for an Ad agency. Kunaal Kabi is a rich, enigmatic and an attractive guy, well known for his achievements and resourcefulness in the media industry. When Reeva meets Kunaal in a wedding function, they get attracted towards each other. Soon Reeva is moved to PR section of the company, to her surprise Kunaal gets to be her boss, and their love takes an escalating hike. So, there is another character, Nihaal who loves Reeva discreetly, thus giving a love-triangle scenario.
Coming to the main plot, there’s an election going on and JBP party, one of the influential parties, almost on the verge of winning the election (due to their power within the system) gives a contract to the PR firm Reeva and Kunaal’s been working with, to promote the work of the party for the upcoming elections. But that’s not it, there are people who want to tarnish the image of the political party and Reeva and Kunaal must battle against them!
I don’t read much political sort of thrillers, but this one’s a treat! I liked the writing, overall it was well worded and compelling. Best part about the novel is that the chapters aren’t too big or too small, just decent amount of pages between each chapter. Psychologically, it doesn’t tire or bore the reader that way.
What I dislike about the novel is that, though it was well paced with a lot of sub-plots, there were a few which could have been omitted and it wouldn’t have affected the main plot at all. For instance, the love triangle between Kunaal-Reeva-Nihaal.
Also, I was in a ‘NO-NO’ for the romantic scenes. (bit of a cringe)
Just then, as she prepared to leave, Kunaal gripped her arm, with the pressure of his hand bordering on painful. He lightly pulled Reeva towards him, bringing his face dangerously close to hers. She caught a whiff of his perfume and the sexual tension in the moment sent her heart racing F1 style.
One thing that struck me while reading was that most of the characters were stereotypical. Must I say, there aren’t every other politician or journalist out there who is corrupt (as we think they are). Portraying these characters as we stereotype them definitely gives a ‘CLICHE ALERT’.
I conclude by saying that this novel has all the elements to adapt it into a cliche ‘Bollywood masala’ movie or a Hindi serial. 😉
Note : I was provided with a review copy by the author in return for an honest review!