Thursday, May 06, 2021

Review- If I Hadn't Met You by Shalini Ranjan


“I am Ambika. No one can hear me because…” there was a brief, hectic silence, “I am dead… have been dead for the past eighteen years.”
Dead! No. No way!
It was one thing to suspect it. It was completely another thing to hear it from her.
Beautiful and witty, Tisha Mathur finds her life turn upside down on her eighteenth birthday when she interrupts a havan intended to bring peace to the soul of Ambika. Now, awakened from a slumber of eighteen years, Ambika is back in the real world. And if Tisha wants her normal life back, she only needs to do two things-
1. Help Ambika find her wedding chain that she claims to have never taken apart.
2. Go on a date with Rudra Singh Shekhawat - who Ambika thinks looks like Dev Anand.
What starts as a simple hunt of a lost chain quickly catapults into a somersault as Tisha realizes that someone doesn’t want her asking questions about Ambika… and a horrifying discovery that Ambika might not have committed suicide as is the general belief.

Release date: March 24th 2021
Page numbers: 112


The sole reason why I decided to read author Shalini Ranjan’s If I Hadn’t Met You is because it’s a short story, and what an intriguing one it ended up being! The book starts with the untimely deaths of Ambika and her husband which lead to many questions that take a backseat because of a series of other events that are intertwined and interesting.

As someone who has read many books, I sometimes find it easy to figure out where a story is headed but with this, there was so much that I didn’t see coming. This had me on the edge of my seat throughout the course of this story that’s short but packed with action, romance and drama. The author’s writing was easy to follow and the language used is crisp yet simple so even young readers would be able to devour the book.

Starting on a mysterious note and ending on a satisfying one with heaps of engrossing stuff happening in between the two, If I Hadn’t Met You is a great read for when you’re in the mood for something fast paced, engrossing, creepy and fun. If you enjoy reading short stories, you won’t regret picking this one up!

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Shalini Ranjan in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.

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