Author: Vedashree Khambete-Sharma
Publisher: HarperCollins India
No Of Pages:234
Dead body, check.
Disillusioned reporter, check.
Dark and sinister secrets, check.
When Mumbai Daily journalist Avantika Pandit is asked to interview her childhood nemesis Aisha Juneja, she knows it will be like an express bikini wax – painful, but quick. Then Laxmi, her former best friend, shows up dead. And suddenly Avantika finds herself turning into the reporter she used to be – a nosy little newshound with the self-preservation instincts of a dodo.
Now, she has to meet old acquaintances she’d hoped never to run into again, try to unravel the puzzle of Laxmi’s death, and ask the questions nobody seems to be asking – who is the man Laxmi was in love with? Why hasn’t anybody heard of him? What does he have to do with her death?
The answers could get her killed. But if the choice is between death and writing listicles, dying might not be that bad after all.
Featuring schoolyard rivalries, the Backstreet Boys and a fat dollop of 90s nostalgia, Swear You Won’t Tell? is part thriller, part whodunit, all fun.
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A clear cut novel which will never ask you to put down. I found the story to be usual but the pace on which it was set was terribly fast ,eventually led me to finish the novel in a day.
The title itself so intriguing that I was waiting know what the secret would it be. The thread of the story didn’t seem to be so serious for the murder mystery. The platform author chose to tell was energetic and engaging. Be it the sarcasm or the school age rivals or the choosy characters on the track,everything seemed to work out perfectly in this novel.
The flashback events just paved the way to understand what the mystery might be but then again something different pops up to get hooked with the plot all over again.The main reason to turn the pages is to know “Who killed Laxmi ?”. Avantika seems to be naive in her things and she is definitely a sassy material.
I wished if the rival would have turned up on a soft note at the end. They were all like 30 plus and they are the who didn’t like to give up their childhood hard memories. A sorry at the end would have put a plus card tag to say bullying is wrong.
Overall “Swear You Won’t Tell” is an ultimate riveting novel which pleases us with simple engaging narration which ensures a promising non stop journey for us to have till the end.
About The Author
Vedashree Khambete-Sharma is an award-winning copywriter in her mid-thirties. For the past twelve years, she has peddled everything from moisturisers to magazines, like some kind of a one-woman corner shop.
She has contributed to several websites and blogs and is the author of the widely unrenowned novel There May Be An Asterisk Involved.
She lives in Mumbai with her husband, daughter and the niggling feeling that she should be writing more.