Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Book Review - Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan

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Title: Bollywood Wives
Author: Alex Khan
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Hera Books
Publication Date: 6th February 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

The biggest scandals happen off-camera...

Zara Das is Bollywood’s hottest property, her every move watched by the eyes of the press. Riding high from the success of a string of blockbusters, she has the world at her feet, but the scandal from her latest film threatens to dethrone her as Bollywood’s reigning queen. 

So when superstar director Raj Dillon stages a lavish retelling of Pride and Prejudice, moving the shoot from Mumbai’s soundstages to London, Zara knows this is the role that could put her back on top. Coming with them are the Bollywood Wives - Jackie, Sasha, and Rani - bringing their own off-screen drama.

But behind the diamonds, designer clothes and seven-star hotels lies the truth of how Zara reached the top. And when a dead body is found in her hotel room, it seems that someone is determined to take Zara down - and will stop at nothing to expose her darkest secrets. 

Zara has spent years running from her past. But now it’s caught up with her… 

A sexy, gripping, scandalous novel set in the world of Bollywood - fans of Jackie Collins, Crazy Rich Asians and Lauren Weisberger won’t be able to put this one down. 

I had a feeling from the moment I first saw this book that I would love it, and having just finished reading it, wow that is one fabulous book. 

I will admit to start with it was a bit of slow burner, but the payoff is worth it. Takes a while to get to grips will all the secondary characters, the main one Zara is key, but there are plenty of sub plots too, and other threads that once you have them straight in your mind are equally rewarding too.  

Bollywood Wives is a book that contains everything, we have very early on clear death threats to Zara, there is action, drama, sex, mystery, intrigue, scandal, a Bollywood movie being made in London, a diverse cast of characters, insights into modern India, some unimaginable levels of luxury and that is just for starters. 

That isn't even counting the more serious side of the book where we see how Zara, and few of the others have worked their way up from nothing to the stars they are, and their pasts are a real rags to riches story, with real struggles on the way. 

It's the sort of book that will appeal to so many different people, those interested in films, Bollywood, India, plus those who tend to read books with suspense and sex, and relationships etc...  It is definitely a blockbuster sort of book, which is why my only slight issue was that I didn't save it until I read it on holiday. 

I love reading these sorts of books poolside, and its definitely one who wants to escape for a while should read.  I was transported to a world far different to my own which was fascinating, and I was very keen to always find out what happened next. 

I loved Alex Khan's writing, and its clear this is a world he knows a lot about, and I hope he will write future books  that feature Bollywood, or India, as I love reading about characters so vastly different to myself. 

That ending completely took me by surprise too, as did quite a few of the various reveals. Bollywood Wives kept me on my toes and I loved every moment of it, especially the second half of the book. 

Thank you to Hera Books and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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