Author : Anurag Anand
Publisher : Readomania
Genre : Thriller, Crime
Pages : 233
A mindless road-rage incident leaves a young and promising entrepreneur dead. Is it an accident, or a cold-blooded murder, planned to absolute perfection?
Namrata, a young professional, is enveloped by all the quintessential elements of life in the fast lane—a staling marriage, an extramarital affair and eyes full of dreams, until a fun evening turns into a chilling nightmare for her.
Renu, a girl living in a world marred by regressive customs and dated practices, has resigned to the patriarchal ways of her world, until they begin to cast their malicious shadows on her unborn child.
Their worlds, although separate, intersect each other in a single strike of tragedy that none could have imagined. It is then that this story begins and sends everyone’s life on a dizzy tailspin…
Will they be able to get back to their safe and secure lives?
To Hell and Back is a fast-paced thriller that will not only keep you on tenterhooks till the very end, but it shall also rattle your beliefs on how ‘crime-proof’ the world that you live in truly is.
When I was offered this book for review, I had a lot of expectations from it, because the blurb and the cover seemed interesting. But while reading the book I got bored in the first few pages, but when I started reading further, it became difficult for me to put down the book. The story is quite interesting and thrilling as the author unravels many conspiracies towards the end.
” It is relationships are like rubber bands. Each time they are stretched beyond their acceptable boundaries, the boundaries redefine themselves to accommodate the breach. “
The book narrates the story of two women, Namrata and Renu, who are pole apart but end up being connected to each other by the bond of humanity. How do they come across each other?
Namrata, a career oriented woman was ready to go for a client meeting with her boss, Akash at 5AM. While going to Delhi through the highway some goons killed Akash and left Namrata injured on the road. She was traumatized with the road accident and was aloof from the world. The author then takes the reader eight months back. We see a different side of Namrata – she was married to Pranav but their relationship was going through a tough phase. There was no romance left and they barely talked and met each other because of their clashing work timings. While Pranav was on one of his office tours, Namrata went out with her girl gang to party, but that night changed everything for her.
After the bad incident at the party, she was all stressed up and fell ill. She was going to attempt suicide when a message from Akash came to her rescue. Namrata started finding solace in Akash’s company and they both started dating each other. Namrata left her husband in order to spend her life with Akash but she always found something fishy about Akash’s actions. But ignored it because she loved him. What is Akash hiding? Is there something actually fishy about it or it’s just that she is overthinking?
On the other hand, Renu was a housewife, tortured by her in laws and living in an outdated village. Her relationship with her husband was deteriorating and she was treated as an item by him. Her husband used to force himself upon her. Renu’s world changed when she announced to her husband that she was pregnant. All of her family members were expecting a boy this time but an illegal sex determination test shook her as it was another girl and maybe the end to her life by her husband. What will happen when her husband will get to know about it? Will she be able to lead a happy life or be dreaded for life ?
Read the book to get answers for all the questions!
I absolutely loved how the author inserted the twists and turns in the story. The book is an absolute thriller and the revelations will shock you. Though the starting was a bit boring but the end was so so good that it changed my whole perception. The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it. The narration is smooth and the book is well paced. With every turning page the curiosity to read further keeps on increasing. The language used by the author is easy and understandable. An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*