Everyone has secrets . . . but is hers the most shocking? Orphaned at birth, seventeen-year-old Sahil has always blamed himself for his parents’ death. He has little interest in life until he meets the enigmatic Anya in a chance encounter during the Shimla fest. Soon he falls head over heels in love with her, but Anya doesn’t reciprocate his feelings.
An accident leaves him in a coma and when he wakes up he makes a startling discovery-he can read minds! Now he can find out what goes on in Anya’s mind and maybe, just maybe, make her fall in love with him. But is Anya all she seems? Or is she hiding something?
Deliciously plotted, full of morbid secrets and startling revelations, Secretly Yours will make you question what you see and who you trust.
Secretly Yours is a romantic thriller with other elements as well. The first attraction of the book is surely the cover. Wonderfully designed, it is sure to catch the eye and that’s one of the reasons I picked this one. The blurb promises a love story and the book starts off on such a note. We meet Sahil, a teenager plagued with more problems in life than teenagers should ideally have. He’s an orphan and is blamed by his grandmother for his parents’ death. You bet that’s way too much to be handled by a young boy. He takes refute in alcohol and bruising himself. His passion for music, however, keeps him alive. And then he meets a pair of eyes that entice him as well as baffle him. As luck would have it, Anya enters his life and everything turns topsy-turvy.
What happens next? Sahil meets an accident, loses his grandmother and gains Anya. Or does he? Anya has a bagful of secrets that get uncovered over the second half of the book. I can’t give away her secrets as spoilers and hence, you have pick up the book.
I liked the story till Anya’s secrets start revealing gradually. The book loses pace since then. There are elements that will not exactly appeal to every reader. I must warn you that there are a few gory details that are albeit necessary for the book. The writing is simple and quite suitable to the age group that the author targets. It’s one of the few Young Adult books in Indian Literature at present. Vikrant Khanna does a good job there, capturing the YA life in serene Shimla with ample romance. I liked the climax but not exactly the events that lead to it. They don’t belong to my favoured genres and didn’t make much of an impression on me. However, YA readers will like the book.
Since I haven’t read the author before, it won’t be possible for me to compare this book with his previous ones. Given the first half of the book, I can assert that the author would do way better if he sticks to Romance as a genre. I liked Sahil and Anya’s interactions that lead to their romance.
Recommended for Romance and Young Adult book lovers.
My Rating: 3/5
About the Author:
Vikrant Khanna is a captain in the Merchant Navy. He is the bestselling author of When Life Tricked Me and Love Lasts Forever. Apart from writing, he is fond of composing songs and playing the guitar. He lives in New Delhi.
Language: English, Genre: Fiction/Romance/YA
Author(s): Vikrant Khanna
Publisher: Penguin, Year Published: June 2016
Binding: Paperback, Edition: First, Pages: 280
ISBN-13: 978-0143425915 , ISBN-10: 0143425919
Reviewed for: Writersmelon