Book Review

Book Review: Strangers with Known Faces by Gautam Dutta

Rajat, Meenakshi, Sadaaf, Amol, and Shanaya are five University students with nothing in common- who should never have met in the first place. They meet after winning a lucky draw- the prize of which was to take part in a puzzle game. Though the game was engrossing, they were unable to solve the puzzle in the stipulated time. However, this lead to the beginning of a deep friendship between them. Their friendship blossomed. But ego and misunderstanding led to an acrimonious break up. They meet again- two decades later- when Shanaya is murdered, and the other four are suspects. The four soon realize that in spite of being estranged for so many years, there were unknown ties that bound them- ties of treachery, deceit, and subterfuge. Ties that have led them to come together in circumstances that no one could have foreseen. And the game that they had left incomplete two decades back has to be played yet again – on a much bigger canvas. Now they have to trust each other, clear their names, and get to the bottom of the mystery, which threatens not only their lives and relationships, but also the fabric of democratic India. As their travels and travails continue, they discover hitherto unknown facets of the people around them, as well as their own selves. Can they succeed in resolving the puzzle this time? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? As hidden aspects of the human personality are revealed, they realize that no one is what he or she appears to be. For the world comprises of ‘Strangers With Known Faces’.


Cover: 3.5/5
Title: 4.5/5
Blurb: 4.5/5
Presentation: 3.5/5
Plot: 4/5

Final Rating: 4/5

The cover is designed beautifully with a guy holding a mask in front of his face. It gives a hint about the story.

The Title is quite apt and in sync with the plot. The title “Strangers with Known Faces” talks about those people or friends, who appear different from who they are. We think we know them but infact they are complete strangers with different personality.

The blurb gives an exact insight about what the plot is. Its just perfect to create enough suspense in the mind of the reader.

The Plot has mainly 5 characters, Amol, Rajat, Sadaaf, Meenakshi and Shanaya. They meet coincidently at an college event, become friends but drift apart due to some misunderstandings. After some years, they meet again when one of them is murdered and the other four are the suspects.

The characterization is done with a great sense of clarity, as the author keeps up with the story in written in two time zones, present and 2030.

The narration is done in third person, which made the read interesting.

The language used in the book is bit complicated with the use of some technical words but eventually it adds to the vocabulary of the reader.

The climax was unpredictable which added to the suspense and thrilling experience.

There were some parts when the plot had dull moments.

All in all, This novel has suspense and thrill and its a must read for readers who love thriller fictions.

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