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An Autograph for Anjali: Book Review

Title: An Autograph for Anjali 
AuthorSundari Venkatraman 

Published by Flaming Sun 

Number of Pages: 303
Genre: Fiction


Jayant Mathur is found murdered in his bed, shot at point-blank range with his own revolver. Though she’s extremely disturbed by his death, Jayant’s wife Anjali is way more upset about something else. Who stands to gain by killing the multi-millionaire businessman?
Parth Bhardwaj is a friend and neighbour of the Mathurs. Parth is an author who goes by a pseudonym. He appears more than a friend to Anjali; while he’s also on good terms with her son Arjun who lives and studies in the UK. What role does he play in Anjali’s life? Jayant’s relatives are curious to know.
Jayant’s brother-in-law Rana is convinced that Parth and Anjali are the murderers. But Inspector Phadke has his own doubts about this theory. In comes Samrat, the private detective who appears as quiet as a mouse. Will he be able to find the murderer?
Will Anjali find happiness and peace?


My favorite author is back with a bang! Just after I finished reading the book, I knew I had to congratulate the author for such a delightful read.

The story starts with the murder of Anjali’s husband- Jayant, a multi millionaire who is selfish and unloving. As the past unveils, I got hooked into the story. Anjali’s only solace is Arjun who is more like a friend and companion to her. He is loving and caring and is a dutiful son-  a perfect son every mother would want. An intelligent woman that she is, Anjali is bored having spent years of her life being a housewife with no rights or voice of her own. She is lonely and is treated like doormat by Jayant. Parth Bharadwaj, an author seems to have a very positive effect on Anjali but his love makes her feel guilty and she goes into depression. Things go haywire and Jayant is found murdered in cold blood in his own bedroom. Who killed Jayant? What could be the motive of the murder? What would happen to Anjali and Parth?

An Autograph for Anjali is a complex and sensitive story. As always, Sundari has done a brilliant job with intense depiction of female protagonist. She has proved her mettle with a beautiful romance and a murder mystery to spice up the story. My heart went for Anjali and I felt equally sad when she went into depression. But her inner strength and power helped her cope up and traverse through whatever life had to throw her way. The love scenes were hot and steamy and the romance was beautiful. The story had a smooth flow and not even once I felt that some chapters were added just for the sake of moving things. It was an emotional roller-coaster ride with a fair amount of mystery, love, affection, grief, longing and strong portrayal of relations. And Arjun? I wouldn’t be surprised if Sundari decides to write a book with Arjun as the protagonist. He is awesome.

Verdict: Brilliant! The best from the author… yet 🙂

Rating: 5 on 5

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for the same. Thanks for the opportunity.

About the Author:

In 2014, Sundari self-published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories).
2015 brought yet another opportunity. Readomania came forward to traditionally publish this book – The Madras Affair – a mature romance set in Madras.
An Autograph for Anjali, a romance with a touch of suspense, is also a self-published novel. Going a step further, the author has published the paperback version through Notion Press.
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  1. sundarivenkat July 9, 2016

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