Bookish Witch

If I Hadn’t Met You by Shalini Ranjan

Book blurb:

“I wanted to ask you if you would go out with me.”
“Excuse me?” He looked at her as if she had cracked the joke of the century.

Charming and ruthless, business tycoon Rudra Singh Shekhawat is not the typical man anyone would want to cross paths with. Yet, when the beautiful and savvy Tisha Mathur entered his office and asked him out on a date, Rudra had no idea his life was about to change.

For, Tisha not only knows a lot of things about his dead mother but she also claims that she was murdered. As Rudra fights his growing love for Tisha, he realizes that he is not the only one with skeletons in his closet and that there might be a killer on the loose amidst his friends and family.

Genre: Fiction/ Romantic Mystery

Pages: 111

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 99 INR/$2.99

My ratings: 4.2/5

Tisha and Rudra meet under bizarre circumstances on her 18th birthday. Though there’s an attraction brewing, Rudra can’t help but wonder about how Tisha knows so much about his long-dead mother. Is there more to Tisha than she’s letting on?

Book cover taken from Amazon

What I liked about the book:
-> The story begins with a bang; tragic deaths happen, leaving behind an eerie feeling of something sinister in the making.
-> The character of Tisha is adorable and independent. Whereas Rudra is sexy and appealing. The chemistry between the two is well narrated and gives goosebumps.
->The book is not just a love story. It is beyond that and a thrilling one in the end. Overall this is an interesting blend of mystery, romance, and thriller.
-> The story sends out important life learning lessons, like
a) One should not doubt or accuse their partner based on mere speculations.
b) Those who love us never truly leave us and always look out for us.
c) The truth can never stay hidden and that you will have to pay for your wrongdoings, sooner or later.

What I did not like about the book:
-> The book focuses on some supernatural elements and paranormal activities in the beginning chapter that geared me up, holding my breath to shrink in fear. However, these elements pale in comparison to romanticism. The dominance of romance with shredded mystery knocking once in a while was a little disappointing.
-> It felt that Tisha’s family could have been more elaborate. They are not given any spotlight.
Also, the maturity portrayed by Tisha was way more than an eighteen-year-old. It was kind of hard for me to digest that at such a young age, she is so independent as to not have her parents question her whereabouts, and to have a boyfriend whose family accepts her readily.

Quotable quotes:
-> Destiny sometimes works in mysterious ways.
-> Welcoming a new baby into their world is one of the most exciting things for a new parent.
-> Losing a loved one is sad. To lose two is devastating. While life goes on with every passing season, some people might find it hard to move on. And if by any twist of fate, they do appear to have moved on, they will still find a shred of wood to hang on to amidst the waves of life, refusing to let go of the pain and sufferings they consider themselves subjected to.
-> Turning eighteen is an exciting time for any girl. It is the period when you are prepared to bid goodbye to your teens and everyone starts taking you seriously.
-> Friends are a blessing in disguise.

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