Friday, November 4, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: NO SAFE ZONE BY ADITE BANERJIE

Name of the Book: No Safe Zone
Author: Adite Banerjie
Rating: 4 Stars

Mysteries have a tendency to wither away if there is too much built up before coming to the point. No Safe Zone by Adite Banerjie plunges the readers straight into the nucleus of the mystery and Ms.Banerjie's Qiara Rana lands up in front of a dead body, runs into her ex-lover and has many shady characters chasing her right from the beginning.

Qiara is a London-based social activist who is furious when investigating officers try to blame them for human trafficking. Qiara is still reeling in shock, when their benefactor is accused of being involved. But when she goes to find out the truth, she faces many more unanswered questions.

And a dead body!

Landing up in a wrong situation at a wrong time can be killing, but soon she realizes that there are people who are following her and she has no clue as to why and what they want from her. And in this journey lies my first peeve with the story. Her adventures had some very easy escapades. She is tough no doubt, but every time the timely arrival of Kabir stops her from being a firebrand that was part of the charm of Rayna from Trouble has A New Name, another novel written by Ms. Banerjie.

But where Qiara lacks in the feistiness, the chain of events that always follow her makes this story an interesting read. One of my favorites in this chain of unfortunate events was the broken wing butterfly tattoos. Here Ms.Banerjie uses symbolism to depict many small things. A child separated from her parents, a child marked for sale and a child yearning to know her past. This part of the novel has some major twists that would make a reader go back a few pages just to make sure they have not overlooked any clues. 

Kabir simply became a cry in her heart she never could get rid of.

Such a beautiful line and just a small example of how lyrical Ms. Banerjie’s writing is. Along with that, she has depicted a few social issues and all the while weaving the chemistry between the two protagonists. All along as a reader, I know that Kabir and Qiara had a past. But a man of Kabir’s character leaving a girl cold and dry suddenly did not make sense. I had to know why he had done such an act. 

So questions like why were these people after Qiara? And what was the picture of her father doing in the victim’s tablet and the relationship between her tattoo and a few missing girls – they sure will keep a reader turning the pages of this novel. 

WHAT COULD HAVE WORKED BETTER FOR ME:

Keeping a balance between mystery and a romance in a romantic thriller is like walking on a double edge sword. Either the mystery element dominates or the romance subdues the “aha moment” of the treasure trail. Ms. Adite has done justice to a great extent, but as a romance reader, I wanted more interaction between the protagonists. Their relationship had broken up earlier. I wanted to feel that pain hidden in their heart. I wanted to see how, despite that, they could not stay away from each other. I wanted a few more butterfly moments. Greedy me :)

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?

Of course, I would. A very well written book with impeccable language and plots and subplots that will leave you with a few nail-biting moments.

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