09 October, 2017

#BookReview :: Twenty Twenty by Anuraag Srivastava

Life is a fast-paced Twenty20 game, and you need to keep playing to win.

Abhi and Aditi are siblings who want to realise their dreams in the ever upgrading world. In the midst of all the struggle and success, they get entangled in a strange web. If they are not able to resolve the crisis in twenty days, their very existence can come under threat. In short, they have to hit sixes on every bouncer thrown at them. Not just with the world outside, this ordeal is also a fight with one's own character and principles.

Unwanted situations, unexpected turns, money and sex push them deeper into the web. Manipulations and treachery become the order. The hunter becomes the hunted. A vicious circle of betrayal and debauchery is created. 

TWENTY TWENTY is a story of betrayal, deceit and relationships, where a master planner devises games, to get to his own ambitions. 

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Abhi and Aditi are in deep trouble. Abhi had borrowed some money from lenders with the hopes of turning their fortunes in the stock market. But Abhi had not counted on losing that money instead of making some and unfortunately loss is what he faces. The money lenders want their money back and they are threatening his sister. He has twenty days to raise twenty lakhs. And so, the countdown began…

I expected this to be a fast-paced thriller because the blurb clearly stated the time period that the protagonists had. Instead I found a book with a very slow start and a pace that could have been much better had the author forgone the detailed description of certain things. The narrative just did not suit the thriller genre as it was more of a laid-back style. To add to it, the plot was fairly simple and predictable for most parts. As a result, the book failed to really hook me into it. I put it down several times and read it over several days on the side. The author’s language is plain and simple.

But I did enjoy one aspect of the book and that is the characters. The author has done a very good job of capturing the many shades of human nature. Each character is painted with different shades to portray how complicated humans can be. Not one person can be labelled as black or white – instead we are all shades of grey; some darker shades while some are lighter shades.

Overall, though I was kind of disappointed by the book, in the end the take away about the human nature made it worth the read. It is okay for one time read.

Review Copy received from Srishti Publishers

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