25 June, 2021

A New Hat

Two of my favourite easy-read genres in one: a mystery novel and chick lit.

A New Hat

This book was not what I was expecting from Jaishree Misra. I liked her previous work even if it was a bit safe, sticking to themes she was familiar with: love and relationships without any uncomfortable twists in the tale. Secrets And Lies, on the other hand, deals with several new themes, especially for Indian “chick lit” writing—there’s death, a possible murder, jealousy and none of the conventional stuff, so you won’t find your token gay best friend or the heinous boss.

The book is about four former schoolmates recalled by the principal to shed light on a classmate’s death during their last year at school. Three of the women now live in London—a rich, bored wife, a woman struggling with a bad marriage, and a ‘career woman’. The fourth character, a Bollywood star, seems as if she was thrown in by chance.

Misra has a knack for dialogues and for getting people’s emotions down pat. I also liked the fact that she dealt with the strong bonds of female friends as...

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