Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#166 : The House That BJ Built by Anuja Chauhan : Review

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GENRE: Fiction – General

NUMBER OF PAGES: 410

FORMAT: Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Those Pricey Thakur girls #2

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from Westland Publishers! Thanks guys!

REVIEW:

Not having read the prequel to this book – Those pricey Thakur girls, I was a little skeptic about following the story and understating the character progression. Thankfully I was able to read it as a standalone, thanks to the fairly independent story line.

The story is based on a commonly witnessed episode in our country – property squabble. BJ a retired judge and the father of five beautiful girls, dies leaving behind a high value property in the posh area of Hailey road. Bonita Singh aka Bonu, the protagonist of our story and BJ’s granddaughter from his second late daughter lives in that very house and also runs a successful albeit a slightly fraudulent one. BJ, on his death bed, entrusts his step-grandson, Samar, his first daughter Anjini’s adopted son to sell off the property and divide the share equally among the sisters. Bonu is vehemently against the idea of selling thanks to certain ideologies drilled into her by her late mother. Bonu sees this as a perfect opportunity for revenge. Surprisingly, her revenge is the last problem that Samar faces trying to sell this property. In comes BJ’s brother questioning the paternity of BJ which automatically ensures the girls do not inherit the property. What follows is a high octane drama sprinkled with some romance and a lot of humor. /*I prefer putting it that way. No spoiler policy!*/

The characterization for me was initially a bit confusing as I hadn’t read the previous book. Thankfully, the book had a family tree right in the beginning which helped me immensely in understanding who was related to whom and how. In spite of having a lot characters, typically like a large Indian family, the writer, Anuja, managed to give them all enough attention that they deserved. The characterization was honed enough for a reader to understand the behavior even if the book is read as a standalone. This is not an easy feat to achieve. The book isn’t exactly a literary marvel. But then, it isn’t meant to be that. It’s your typical Indian read with well written story line narrated in a quirky manner!

MY SAY: A good one time read with typical Indian masala.

RATING:

PLOT : 8/10

NARRATION: 6/10

CHARACTERISATION: 8/10

BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 3/10 (The lower the better)

OVERALL RATING: 7/10

AUTHOR LINKS: Goodreads

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads, Amazon



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