Book Review: Double Jeopardy
Author: Sundari Venkatraman
Rating: Three and half Stars
Thank You Note:
I stumbled on the love triangle Double Jeopardy authored by Sundari Venkatraman on writetribe.com and filled up the request form to the author. Ms Venkatraman replied instantly and gave me the voucher to download the book on Indi Reads. Thanks Ma’am for the book and big thank you to Indi Reads and writetribe.com.
Sanya last saw the twins, Arth and Ansh Sharma, when she was ten years old. Now, all grown up, she has come looking for gentle Arth, the twin she has loved ever since she can remember. But instead, she is confronted with fiery Ansh, who is hell-bent making on making her fall to his charms right from the day she lands in Mumbai. What will she do? Will she fall for Ansh or Arth or both twins will engage in a battle for Sanya?
Rom-com is the flavor of the season and many authors are flocking the market with their uninhibited take on sex, sensuality and new age romance. What distinguishes Sundari Venkatraman take on this new age romance is that the novel is not restricted to candy floss or mushy stuffs neither it is all bout’ sex. In one sentence: Sassy twin love story with a twist that will hold your breath. The book efficiently explores the complexity of human relationships, yearning for a partner and the sensitive portrayal of what goes inside the mind of a young woman, what she craves for-lust, love, sex- and what her heart wants. Love is an oxymoron, somebody truly said. Yeah! I am not apologetic that I enjoy reading well etched tales of sensuality, sexuality and eroticism. The author has beautifully described the sex scenes in a dignified, crisp and passionate way.The book will touch your heart and make you re-think on the traditional concept of love if you have a sensitive heart.
The narration is crisp, well etched and full of twists and turns. One can only expect this from a seasoned writer with a keen eye on minutest details and attention to sketch the main characters. The best thing is that it is a love triangle where the author delves deep into the three main characters, distinct from each other, yet appealing. Moreover, the sensitive portrayal of the immature but soft heart of a young woman with a conflicting perspective on childhood love, sensuality and sex constitute the forte of the book.The heart and mind that is the crux of desire of a young woman has been fully explored and given a sensitive touch. Sundari Venkatraman brings the twist in a gradual but beautiful way that makes the reader feel the ‘smooth transition’ that he or she has never been away and makes Sanya, Arth and Ansh part of their lives.
Extracts that will make your heart dance and swing:
Red bloomed in Sanya’s cheeks. Should she, shouldn’t she? Ansh waited patiently for her to give him an answer while his body strained to make her his. Sanya looked at his handsome face. She had learnt so much about this man since she had arrived here…. Her hesitation melted away. She could not deny that today, if she ever wanted to make love with any man, it would be Ansh,
1. Perhaps, a lil more drama could have been added to add spice to the story and brings high voltage stuffs.
2. The book ends in a rather abrupt fashion and the action takes place a tad too fast in the end. The characters in love could have been given more space to interact.
All said and done, Double Jeopardy is a superb read and can be re-adapted as a big screen adaptation and it shouldn’t be missed for sensitive portrayal of human relations, intimacy and love. Great work Sundari Venkatraman for hitting the right chord with the youth.
About the author
Sundari Venkatraman believes that books should transport one into a world of wonder. She has tried drawing, painting, tailoring, embroidery, knitting, gardening and an umpteen other things before she discovered WRITING. A voracious reader, she is a fan of Georgette Heyer, Julie Garwood, Janet Dailey and Penny Jordan. Jeffrey Archer truly inspires her and a hot favorite is JK Rowling.
‘Double Jeopardy’ is her first novella. Contact Sundari at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSundariVenkatraman
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