Alia is sent to Dehli to live with her grandparents and go to an expensive school, where she manages to catch the eye of Sabah and Noor, the cool girls, who are impressed she is from London . She wants so much to be a part of their shiny friendship. But something goes horribly wrong. In the present, Alia is in political office and we know that if the real truth came out about what she did back then, her life and career would be ruined. Meanwhile, Sabah has become a documentary film maker who needs a big story to cover to save her career, and she’s decided to investigate what happened.
This is the second book from Trisha Sakhlecha, the first being Your Truth Or Mine?, which I also read and quite liked. I think this book is a little more assured than her last, and it’s quite a nice entry in it’s genre. It’s structured with chapters from different characters perspectives, mostly Alia and Sabah, and we learn what they remember from the time, and the different pieces of the puzzle that they hold, the plotting slowly giving us little tit bits to keep those pages turning.
I really liked the Dehli setting. I haven’t read many books set in the social world of that city, and it felt a little familiar from friends descriptions of life in India, but also a very different and fresh world than the one we often get in this genre. So that was fun. The lives of the girls at the school and the importance of their relationships with each other and their reputations made for a great deal of tension. Their social status and competitiveness, their meanness and love-hate friendships are very realistic and it made me glad I’m not that age anymore. Drama is life or death at that age, and it makes for great reading in this book. In the adult world, we see the same competitiveness, social climbing and manipulation, the same fears of betrayal.
On the whole, this was a good read. It’s paced well and the characters are rounded and keep you invested. You’re never sure who to trust and what really happened. No one is all that nice, though they are quite sympathetic and real. If you’re looking for your nest domestic thriller, this might be it.
Read It If: you ever longed to fit in or if you’ve ever been betrayed by a friend…. Lots of plot twists and characters deep in manipulation and intrigue, with a great setting.
Thank you to the publisher for the copy of this book for review.