Book: Trust Me Not
Author: Ankita Verma Datta
Published by: Jaico Books
Number of pages: 376 pages
My Rating: 5/5
BOOK SUMMARY: Reeva Rai is offered a prestigious position in a PR agency. When an activist friend turns to her for help with a real-estate scam, Reeva has to make a high-stakes choice. As she digs deeper to find solutions, a nefarious scheme unravels with unexpected connections.
MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of “Trust Me Not” by Ankita Verma Datta from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest review.
The story has multiple plots and sub-plots as well as numerous characters. I will attempt to review the book without giving away too much of the plot!
Reeva Rai is a beautiful young woman who works in an advertising agency. While attending a wedding with her family, she meets a handsome and wealthy bachelor Kunaal Kabi. Sparks fly between them and Kunaal takes her number but fails to call Reeva for weeks.
At the same wedding, Reeva is introduced by Kunaal to Mr. Rishi Uttur, an honest politician and the president of Jagrut Bharat Party (JBP). The wedding is taking place between two members of the Thapar and Jaiswal families. The fathers of the groom and the bride, i.e. Mr. Ramcharan Jaiswal and Mr. Dindayal Thapar have arranged this alliance for business purposes.
Jaiswal and Thapar approach Rishi Uttur through Kunaal to get certain land released that has been earmarked for Garib Griha Pravesh Yojana. However, Rishi Uttur refuses to get involved in such a dishonest scheme, thereby earning the enmity of Jaiswal and Thapar.
A new colleague Shalini Ray joins Reeva’s advertising agency. Reeva finds her very cold to work with. Reeva is on good terms with Nihaal, the creative director of the agency.
Their boss Mr. Sehgal plans to form a new sub-division in their company and offers Reeva the job of Assistant Vice President and accompanying perks. It turns out that Jaiswal and Thapar are also the clients of the agency where Reeva works. Reeva is dismayed when she learns that Kunaal is joining the agency as Vice President.
In the meantime, Jaiswal and Thapar hire a mysterious person called the Fixer who operates through his assistant Manek Vir. Their ulterior motive is to bring down Rishi Uttur.
We are introduced to yet another character in the story, a social activist called Nandita Sahay. Trouble brews when Nandita decides to stand for elections as an independent candidate. Reeva, Nihaal and Shalini join Nandita in her struggle to save Navdeep Complex, a building inhabited by poor families that is scheduled to be taken down.
Arunabh Roy, a fiery journalist is another character in this story. He is manipulated by Jaiswal and Thapar to report negatively against Rishi Uttur and his party.
Events progress in the book at a rapid pace and the suspense keeps building. Who is the Fixer? Will Reeva and Kunaal’s relationship succeed? Will Nandita succeed in her election campaign? These are some of the questions that build up in the reader’s mind while reading the book.
I recommend this book to readers as it is an engrossing, interesting and taut story that will keep you guessing till the end.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ankita Verma Datta spent more than a decade in the advertising industry before starting her own communications consultancy. This is her debut novel. She can be reached on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ankitavermadatta/ and on Twiter at @ankita_reflects