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Seconds Later by Vani Kaushal

Blurb (as on Amazon)

Stabbed and lying in a pool of blood next to her killer, Nikita never imagined an end like this. A talented VJ, popular talk show host, and national darling, the cruelty of it cut through the pain she was feeling. She scanned her falling memory for answers. Who was this young man lying next to her? Where did he come from? Why did he stab her?

Genre: Fiction/Crime Thriller

Pages: 215

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 142 INR/ $1.90
  • Paperback:240 INR/$8.40

My rating: 4.8/5

Nikita Dash, all of 19, runs away from her hometown, Bhubaneshwar, to Mumbai. She takes this drastic step to pursue her ambition of becoming a VJ. Within months her fame and popularity hit the roof, leading to incidents that are scary and life-threatening. One such incident happens on live tv where Nikita is stabbed by a fan who has also become a close friend. This friend, aka Sameer, hails from the UK and seems to be from an affluent family. Why did he do such a thing and what made him do it?

What I liked about the book:

  • Nikita’s character is endearing and annoying at the same time making us want to protect and whack some sense into her when she behaves naively.
  • The ending takes the reader by surprise and I loved how it is not shown in a negative manner and the characters take responsibility for their actions. This is what brings about the character growth and arc.
  • The story highlights fame and how it can prove to be perilous. It is a fast-paced, intriguing story that has a great plot and some great characters, that keep you turning the pages. What is especially noteworthy is that each character has enough shades of grey to intrigue our minds and keep our interests intact.
  • I loved how Nikita manages to save herself through her instincts and quick thinking when she is attacked by one of her stalkers (this happens more than once, JFYI)
  • Cyrus is a great character and I loved the portrayal of his Parsi roots. Right from his family, to his home, and the way he as well as his parents interact. This gives quite an authentic touch to the whole story. I do, however, wish that his character was given more limelight. At least more than Sameer.

What I did not like about the book:

  • The changing POVs could have been a little smoother, especially considering how each of them comes with a varied backstory and are of different genders. This is quite well done, but at some points, you do feel that the particular character is not behaving as would be expected of them by that point in the story.
  • Nikita’s naivety can get on your nerves at points. More so when even after repeated warnings and bad experiences, she refuses to change her ways, much like a petulant child.

Quotable quotes:

  • Words are powerful. They have the power to change lives. They live on.
  • Matters of the heart must never be rushed.
  • I wish I could die- but I’m not sure if death could be had by asking.
  • Fame isn’t for sissies. It can swallow you up if you aren’t careful. You need to be really smart and mature to deal with it.
  • If one were to classify tantrums on a scale of ten, the lowest marked would be the hunger tantrum. It’s the riskiest of all and seldom works.
  • Just because you’re angry, you can’t blame others for everything bad that happens in your life.
  • Facing your inner demons requires courage.

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