Review of Second lives by Anish Sarkar

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Name         – Second Lives

Author                  – Anish Sarkar
Publisher              – Westland
Number of Pages -362
Publishing Year   – 2016
Edition                  -Paperback
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Rating : 4.0

Three old friends Sara, Neel and Omar reunite in Goa after the sudden death of Rachel Fernandes, a member of their group. Discovering that Rachel, a sports journalist, had been doing a story on the brutal killing of a foreign tourist, they are puzzled by her interest in such a grisly crime. It emerges that Rachel’s investigation went far beyond a single murder and their lives are soon under threat too.
With a traumatic event from their teenage years coming back to haunt them, the trio realises that the mystery has its roots in their own past. In the midst of battling their personal demons, they make a desperate plan to flush out a sadistic killer in the sylvan setting of their old boarding school in the Himalayan foothills. With the body count rising and long-buried secrets tumbling out, will they succeed?

My Review

Well, I had chill down my spine while reading the book. Not that I haven’t read serial killer type thrillers before but may be the style of narration or something else. I had this eerie feeling creeping in my mind while reading the gruesome murders
The depth of friendship between Sara, Neel and Omar was successfully portrayed by the author. Somewhere down the line it was disturbing to see that almost everyone had some or the other mental or psychological demons to handle. Author has succeeded in maintaining the intrigue till the end. Narration is alternative between Sara, Neel, Omar and the  culprit. The sudden switch between narrators can be confusing. The book has cliff hanger in every chapter. 
Overall, the book is a fast paced thriller with the capabilityof hooking the reader till the end.

Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a
complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write
a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author

Anish Sarkar is a part-time author and full-time corporate slave. He works for a multinational consulting firm and lives in Mumbai. His interests include travelling, cricket and wildlife. Second Lives is his second book.

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