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August 23, 2023

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Leadstart Inkstate
Genre - Fiction
Publishing year - 2022
Language - English
ISBN - 978-93-56670-40-2
Pages - 215

A Tale of Two by Abhishek V.

Book Review - 

A Tale of Two is the debut book of Abhishek V. It is a gripping crime thriller set against the backdrop of a slum where a mass murder happened, and the sole witness is Nitesh, the protagonist.

Nitesh is found near the mutilated body of Vatsal, his best friend. The narrative then traces back to the origins of Nitesh's journey, intricately interweaving his life with Vatsal, a drug lord Harish, and his gang members. Nitesh's ambitions make him a vital associate of Harish and the enemy of many people, leading to unnecessary bloodshed.

Can Nitesh establish his innocence, or will his thirst for revenge overpower him? The contrast between the two friends' aspirations and paths is brilliantly portrayed, creating a thematic exploration of ambition and morality. 

Abhishek V.'s writing style is both vivid and unrelenting, immersing readers in the gritty underbelly of the city and its stark class divides. The pacing is the book's standout feature, propelling the story forward with every turn of the page. The urgency of Inspector Sawant's investigation and Nitesh's bid for survival mirrors the high-stakes nature of their circumstances, making it hard to put the book down. 

The author adeptly delves into the moral gray areas that drive the characters' decisions. The suspenseful narrative blurs the lines between right and wrong, forcing readers to question the boundaries of morality. 

While it is undoubtedly a riveting read, there are a few areas where it falls slightly short. The climax, while satisfying, could have been further developed to provide a more resonant impact. Additionally, some secondary characters could have been fleshed out to enhance the overall depth of the story.

In conclusion, it is a fast-paced and enthralling crime thriller that builds tension and delivers twists and turns. The author's storytelling prowess keeps readers engaged from start to finish. With the thin line between law and lawlessness, this book is a worthy addition to your bookshelves. I recommend it.

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