There are times when I buy a book just looking at the name of the author. The entire concept of familiarity and also the fact that somewhere I know that I will like the book. The same happened with this one. I have read almost all the books by Ravi Subramanian and have loved most of them, actually all of them.
The Bestseller She Wrote is a story of a banker turned author, Aditya, who loves attention and limelight. He is married to Maya and has a 6 year old son. He meets a girl, Shreya, during a speech at IIM Bangalore and then also gets a chance to meet her again at a book launch. Shreya is an avid reader and aspires to be an author. She feels that Indian authors are no good till she reads Aditya’s books. Aditya gets attracted to her and pulls strings to hire her in the bank as a part of campus placement and eventually falls in love with her. The story moves on and a few characters like Sanjay, who is Aditya’s friend gets added.
The story progresses with Aditya helping Shreya to get in touch with publishers to get her book published. With Aditya’s recommendations, the publishing house accepts to publish the book. Aditya’s wife Maya in time finds out about the affair and Aditya’s world just takes a turn when he had to make a choice.
During the entire course of things a lot of characters get added, which don’t necessarily add anything substantial to the story. The romance in the book is a little cliche and at times I felt it was on a borderline of being erotic and sometimes I felt those details were not really required. May be there were things added just to increase the word count. There were things in the book that were unbelievable, like Ebola, I read the word twice to believe it.
This book does give an insight to the entire publishing and marketing process of a book. That to me was something new.
I felt that there was a lot of hype around the book but there was hardly any substance. I hope author doesn’t try this genre again. I’m not sure if I would like to go and watch the movie as well. I would give it a 2/5.