Review: Strangers with Known Faces

Strangers with Known Faces by Gautam Dutta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb From Goodreads:

Rajat, Meenakshi, Sadaaf, Amol, and Shanaya are five University students with nothing in common- who should never have met in the first place. They meet after winning a lucky draw- the prize of which was to take part in a puzzle game. Though the game was engrossing, they were unable to solve the puzzle in the stipulated time. However, this lead to the beginning of a deep friendship between them. Their friendship blossomed. But ego and misunderstanding led to an acrimonious break up. They meet again- two decades later- when Shanaya is murdered, and the other four are suspects. The four soon realize that in spite of being estranged for so many years, there were unknown ties that bound them- ties of treachery, deceit, and subterfuge. Ties that have led them to come together in circumstances that no one could have foreseen. And the game that they had left incomplete two decades back has to be played yet again – on a much bigger canvas. Now they have to trust each other, clear their names, and get to the bottom of the mystery, which threatens not only their lives and relationships, but also the fabric of democratic India. As their travels and travails continue, they discover hitherto unknown facets of the people around them, as well as their own selves. Can they succeed in resolving the puzzle this time? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? As hidden aspects of the human personality are revealed, they realize that no one is what he or she appears to be. For the world comprises of ‘Strangers With Known Faces’. 


This is the third thriller back to back I had this week. It was really fun reading first two that you can check out by clicking here, but since you have clicked to read about this book, lets talk about it.

This book had me interested with the title and blurb itself, it gave me off a feeling of a nice mystery and criminal story. Perhaps, since I had read a few political thriller here the plot also had a bit of a political feeling.

The start was nice and gripping, The scene of the investigation where all the friends are been called and questioned about their dead buddy who was also involved in something else. It was really gripping at the beginning but as I kept reading the story felt draggy to be honest. The plot was a unique and good one but somehow I felt narration was weak. Although I liked the grammar and vocabulary used. It felt like a mix of flavors to me.

I kept  on reading since I wanted to know what's the end. On climax It wasn't holding me on the story as much and wanted to finish it which I did somehow. The plot and story line was interesting, but I feel narration needed a bit more work here. It's a quite okay read for me. The idea of strangers with known faces was certainly gripping for once wish it could've been better, then It would surely have been a 5 star.

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