Friday, 18 November 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Strangers with Known Faces by Gautam Dutta


Rajat, Meenakshi, Sadaaf, Amol, and Shanaya are five University students with nothing in common- who should never have met in the first place. They meet after winning a lucky draw- the prize of which was to take part in a puzzle game. Though the game was engrossing, they were unable to solve the puzzle in the stipulated time. However, this lead to the beginning of a deep friendship between them. Their friendship blossomed. But ego and misunderstanding led to an acrimonious break up. They meet again- two decades later- when Shanaya is murdered, and the other four are suspects. 

The four soon realize that in spite of being estranged for so many years, there were unknown ties that bound them- ties of treachery, deceit, and subterfuge. Ties that have led them to come together in circumstances that no one could have foreseen. And the game that they had left incomplete two decades back has to be played yet again – on a much bigger canvas. 

Now they have to trust each other, clear their names, and get to the bottom of the mystery, which threatens not only their lives and relationships, but also the fabric of democratic India. As their travels and travails continue, they discover hitherto unknown facets of the people around them, as well as their own selves. Can they succeed in resolving the puzzle this time? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? As hidden aspects of the human personality are revealed, they realize that no one is what he or she appears to be. For the world comprises of ‘Strangers With Known Faces’. 

I was very excited to read this book , after reading the blurb.
I like the cover page of the book with the man holding mask in front of his face.Book Cover is catchy.

As it is clear from the blurb that the story is all about five unknown students who meet after winning a lucky draw.All became friends , later as soon they started knowing each other , difference arise between them. 
Then an incident happened - Shanaya was murdered .

There is suspense in the story that you will be holding your breath at times.
I am not sure anyone would be able to guess the mystery if no one has told them before.

I like- 
  • Supporting character
  • Way of Narration and writing was nice. 
  • The suspense.
  • Appropriate title for the book. 

I dislike- 
1) Boring in between.
2) Some words are difficult.

Overall i would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

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