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In the Shadow of Inheritance by Manjiri Prabhu

Book blurb:

A haunting dream. A sinister legend. Mesmerizing love.

The appearance of a mysterious and attractive stranger in the small town of Adeli changes Tara’s life forever. She’s now the heiress to the Khanolkar Rajwada in Mahabaleshwar. However, the palatial home that is her ancestral legacy is also full of people with deep, dark secrets and one of them is her father’s murderer. Evil lurks in the shadows, as does love. But Tara can’t rely on anyone as someone out there is determined to prove the legend right and to finish the incomplete murderous task of the past.
Read on to find out what Tara’s fate will be . . .

Genre: Fiction/Drama

Pages: 297

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback


  • Kindle eBook: 125.24 INR/$14.00
  • Paperback: 160 INR/ $23.25

My Ratings: 4.2/5

Family ties and inheritance always find a way to find you. Tara leads an idyllic life in the small town of Kesarli in Goa.But as she grows up, her desire to explore beyond the confines of her palatial home and little town, takes her to Panchgani. Life takes a 360 degree turn when she begins to discover that her roots might be tied to the Rajwada, a beautiful mansion situated not far from her college in Panchgani. Her growing feelings for the mysterious Sarang who takes care of the Rajwada and its business, makes matters even more complicated. Will Tara unravel the answers to her past? Read this family drama to find out.

What I liked about the book:
—> Begins with a bang and hooks you in the right manner to read more, right away.
—> All the female characters, right from the three central ones of Tara, Rohini and Meerakka, to the side characters like Bela, Sanika and even the many house-help characters, were fierce and independent in their own way, and an aura of ,haters around them which helped keep the curiosity of the suspense in the story, intact.
—> The way the Rajwada and its beauty has been described. It made me wish for it to exist in reality so I could visit and admire it someday in person.
—> The build-up of the suspense around what happened so many years ago is kept intact till the end, making the reader doubt all the characters about who the culprit would be (We even begin to doubt the hero Sarang at may points)
—> The twist in the end, where Tara is made to believe the culprit is somebody else, and then it turns out to be somebody entirely different.
—> The whole story is very visual in its narrative and it felt like I was living it or watching a movie. I believe it would be a visual treat if turned into a movie/series someday because it has all the right elements.
—> How it proves that legends and talks about spirits and supernatural beings, are a mere tool of convenience planted by people to make way for their own selfish means.
—> How the culprit doesn’t turn to be someone from Tara’s obvious band of suspects (though I had an inkling as to who it might be. But that’s a curse of having read so many thriller and suspense books)

What I did not like about the book:
—> The family tree and various relationships were kind of confusing; I especially kept trying to figure out and ensure whether Tara and Sarang were related or not. And at many instances I had to go back to figure out where a character first appeared and what was his equation in the entire story/plot.
—> I wish there was more to Tara’s earlier life and relationships, especially with Kirit.

Quotable quotes:
—> Sometimes, it really doesn’t matter what you want from life. Where you live, whom you meet, the successive events in your life . . . because destiny has already taken over and planned its own course—and all you do is follow the path set out for you.
—> Who cared about looks when there was so much to eat and do?
—> ‘At this rate, you’ll never get a husband. Men prefer sweet, gentle women with the right, delicious touch to the fingers,’ she warned.
‘And I want a husband with a delicious touch to his fingers!’
—> All mothers are partial to their daughters, regardless of the reality.
—> Destiny has strange ways of its own. When something has to happen, nothing can stop it.
—> I really needed to get a hold on my treacherous facial expressions.
—> It was naturally most disconcerting when someone made you the target of an unblinking stare.
—> You may be surprised, but back home I used to be called the ugly duckling!’
‘I suppose that was so because only ugly ducklings turn into such beautiful swans.’
—> A question asked must secure a satisfactory answer
—> I was too old to be pampered like a kid but distance had instilled in me a keen appreciation of the people in my life. My intolerance had now matured into genuine appreciation and fondness. I had grown too sensitive to want to hurt her feelings.
—> ‘Hope’ was like a horsewhip. Compelling me to chase dreams—that too unattainable ones!
—> You can only control your emotions, not destiny.
—> It’s unfair to form opinions before giving someone a chance to prove their worth.
—> I wanted to look my best today because I believed in first impressions. It was of the utmost importance to create a favourable impression.
—> When one is determined to achieve something, the urge acts as a motivation for success.
—> ‘Are you telling me that you’re not thinking of boys, clothes, food or money?’ he asked with a merry twinkle in his eyes.
‘You seem to have had a good teacher. I was thinking of all those things and more. Sometimes, women do think of more important matters in life. For example, more boys, more clothes, food and money!’
—> It’s good to smile. One can face life’s problems better that way.
—> A person’s mind is like an onion. You’ve got to peel the layers off before you can reach the core. And even then it may not be such a pleasant task, with the eyes burning and watering.
—> We all act pig-headed at times.
—> Isn’t it strange, or you could call it convenient, how one labels coincidences as a supernatural happening?
—> We do get carried away in the process of proving our point.
—> Greed can make a person do anything.
—> Distance, physical and mental, was an inevitable part of life.
—> We were good friends but one could never say when greed would raise its ugly head.
—> Aren’t all human beings toys—living puppets? God holds the main strings and hands the sub-strings to people like me—people who are capable and responsible.
—> You must learn to forget the past, and learn to live for the present. What has happened was destiny and there’s no point looking back and feeling miserable.

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