presents a killer tale of wit and suspense
Swear You Won’t Tell?
‘What a breeze … More please!’
Rohan Joshi, AIB
‘Snarky and breezy, with enough corpses and nostalgia to keep those pages turning and wow, it’s 2 a.m. already!’
Ashish Shakya, AIB
‘A cracker of a story … I couldn’t stop. This should be a Netflix series.’
Anuvab Pal, comedian, playwright, novelist and screenwriter
Dead body, check.
Disillusioned reporter, check.
Dark and sinister secrets, check.
A murder mystery set in the heart of Bombay, Swear You Won’t Tell? features a disillusioned listicle-writer turned nosy-detective, and comes with heavy helpings of 90s nostalgia, sarcasm sharp enough to draw blood and bittersweet observations about the Bambaiya way of life.
When Mumbai Daily journalist Avantika Pandit is asked to interview her childhood nemesis Aisha Juneja, she knows it will be like an express bikini wax—painful, but quick. Then Laxmi, her former best friend, shows up dead. And suddenly Avantika finds herself turning into the reporter she used to be—a nosy little newshound with the self-preservation instincts of a dodo.
Now, she has to meet old acquaintances she’d hoped never to run into again, try to unravel the puzzle of Laxmi’s death, and ask the questions nobody seems to be asking—who is the man Laxmi was in love with? Why hasn’t anybody heard of him? What does he have to do with her death?
The answers could get her killed. But if the choice is between death and writing listicles, dying might not be that bad after all.
Vedashree Khambete-Sharma is an award-winning adwoman in her mid-thirties, which is okay because mid-thirties is the new mid-forties. Or something. For the past twelve years, she has peddled everything from moisturizers to magazines, like some kind of one-woman corner shop. Before that, she was a freelance reporter for several newspapers and wrote on a wide range of subjects from student suicides to types of boyfriends. Yes, that’s right. Throw in a middle-class Maharashtrian upbringing, a convent education, and an English lit degree, and you get, well, confused mostly. But also, inspired to tell the stories nobody else is telling. She lives in Mumbai with her husband, daughter and the niggling feeling that she has forgotten something. This is her second book.
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PB | Fiction | 244 pp | Rs 299