Blurb: " Pitch dark. Extreme Silence. Felt like vacuum. I opened my eyes and found nothing familiar. Where am I? First of all, who am I? Ashruth says I was head over heels in love with him. He says our wedding was fixed. But there is no trace of love for him in me. I don t remember anything. Why would I have loved this pumpkin? San was drunk but I got intoxicated. I had fallen for him gradually. I can t imagine marrying anyone else. But how do I stop my wedding now? Don t say I am dead. I am all alive, standing right in front of you. I am not dead. Trust me. And the secret comes to light. Just you, me and a secret -A battle between past, present and the nothing called future"
Just You, Me and a Secret, is a book that is intriguing from the word go. There are many ingredients that made me finish reading the book in a single sitting. It is a thriller, a romance and it is well written.
When the protagonist Meera wakes up in a hospital room with a memory wiped clean, she struggles to deal with the revelations that comes to her one after the other. Ashruth, the doctor to whom she is engaged tries to make her understand the circumstances of their relationship. She finds it difficult to believe that she had fallen in love with Ashruth as she cannot find anything that convinces that she could have fallen in love with the silly man. Even after her personal diary reveals the secrets one after the other, she is battling with her own inner voice, which screams that something is just not right.
Why does she feel attracted to her cousin Santhosh? Why does her own parents appear like strangers to her? Meera battles with her past to find the reasons that will allow her to be at peace with her present. At the end, a Secret that has in its power the ability to destroy many lives emerges.
Memories are what make a life worthwhile. When those moments vanish from one’s mind’s eye, everything appears vague and senseless. Meera’s battle to find herself, her identity, forms the crux of the novel.
Ganga Bharani, a debut author, has done ample justice to her work. She manages to hold the attention of the reader with a clear and crisp narrative. She also throws in surprises which makes the reader turn pages one after the other. A great achievement for a debut novelist.
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