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The Selfish Betrayals by Abhishek Kapoor – Book Review

  • Author: Abhishek Kapoor
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Reading level: 13.00+ years
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Self; 1 edition (2019)
  • Language: English

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An egocentric and personable man with an unforgettable history that could emotionally haunt any ordinary human, Monty, still in his early thirties, was officially single despite a reputation of having plentiful amorous adventures. He was internally annoyed with the constant cynical jibes about his obscure profession; an independent investigator during the day of petty crimes like frivolous thefts, but an impeccable lady’s man by night. When destiny presented a sudden unanticipated chance, with the sole intention to shut the blabbering jokers up, he decided to investigate the mysterious murder of a lonely glamorous girl, with minimal aid from his apprentice and without any access to forensic science.

What followed the crime scene investigation was a series of confrontation with perhaps the cleverest and astute accused people, strange events and confusing outcomes. Did he succeed even before the police and media could break the news to the innocent citizens of Kanpur?

Book Review (1)

Betrayal is a bitter pill to swallow especially when it comes by someone you trust blindly. Betrayal can mar your faith in others and also shatters your belief in you.

The Selfish Betrayals is a methodically woven account of a private investigator Monty who is a detective by the day and a lady’s man at night. He is notorious for being a womanizer. One night, he comes across a woman Scarlette White, the diva of Kanpur and a divorcee, and is baffled to find her murdered at her residence. What follows is his quest to unmask the perpetrator taking calculative steps, one at a time. He is accompanied by his apprentice Chetan Prasad. But would he be successful?

The descriptive writing style shows itself right from page one of The Selfish Betrayals. It begins with the introduction of Monty and his lavish persona. The book proceeds with Monty encountering the murder of Scarlette White and then making all efforts to thoroughly investigate it. He meets three prime suspects who might have their won reasons to kill the woman. He is happy to solve the case within 2 days. But what the climax brings to the readers was totally unbelievable. The end was both baffling and a bit too unrealistic for me to actually digest. But an overall presentation of the book turned out to be good.

  1. The characters have been sketched and developed really well. What didn’t go well with was over detailing that somehow was distracting me from the plotline.
  2. The plotline has been designed well. Each character got ample space to exhibit its value and contribute to the story.
  3. The details and descriptions were a tad bit too much. They robbed the storyline of its essence. Though a good amount of detailing is good for the visualization of the readers, an excess can discourage them from immersing in the story. Sometimes, I felt it cropping up as a digression.
  4. I liked the twist in the plot but I guess, it could have been executed in a more proper manner especially towards the end.
  5. The hidden message which comes out in open, in the end, is indeed a crucial subject of discussion. I would commend the author for bringing it up.

Overall, the book is good for some middle-level reading experience. The vocabulary is rich and hence, I wouldn’t recommend it to newbies.

MY RATING: 3.5/ 5


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