Alex Khan (writing as Alex Caan) released two of my favourite reads of the past couple of years. I loved his thrillers, loved the way in which his world of investigation was brought to life, and how the tension and action was driven by some brilliant characters. When I heard that he was veering off in a new direction releasing Bollywood Wives with publisher, Hera Books, I was immediately intrigued. A big thank you to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to join the blog tour and to publisher Hera Books for providing an advance copy of the book for review. Here is what it’s all about:
The Bookish Bits
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.
Well … Mr Khan. I’m not quite sure I can think of you in the same way again!
If you are looking for a book that is full of suspense, great characters, mystery, tension and sex a plenty then there is every chance that Bollywood Wives is just what you need on your bookshelf. This is a sexy, thrilling and often tense story which brings Bollywood to London and will keep readers hooked from the very explosive start.
I think with Bollywood Wives that it is safe to say that you may take the boy out of the thriller genre, but you can’t take the thriller genre out of the boy. The central theme of the story, aside from filming of the big budget Bollywood movie, is Zara’s bid to salvage her career whilst staying safe from a serious threat to her life, caused by the scandal which surrounded her last movie. From the opening chapter which literally kicks things off with a bang, you know that Zara is a woman with a target on her back. What you don’t know is just who is the person taking aim. There are plenty of people with reason to hold a grudge, and it is here that Alex Khan’s pedigree as a thriller writer stands out as he gives the reader plenty of clues, plenty of suspects, but holds back the vital elements which will allow you to point the finger at any one person, whilst keeping you alert, waiting to see what will happen next.
I love the way in which the world of Bollywood is brought to life in this book, the sense of scale and even grandeur that the author is able to bring to the pages in describing the whole set up for the movie. Perhaps little more than a big budget Hollywood movie would similarly manage, but there is that extra sense of glamour and opulence about Bollywood which is echoed in the lifestyles of the people who inhabit that world. And there are some truly colourful characters inhabiting the pages of this book too, people whose lives are slowly laid bare for the reader. Those who have loved and lost, those who have never known how to love, and those that use love, and their body, as a weapon, or perhaps a tool, to get exactly what they want.
I love a novel with strong female leads and it really is the women who rule in this novel. As well as Zara, you have the ‘Bollywood Wives’, Jackie, Sasha, Rani and (ex-wife) Laila. They each have their part to play, be it supporting their husbands, or taking their place in the heart of the movie. They are far from weak, although Sasha is perhaps the most timid amongst them. She is full of ambition but has not yet been able to realise it, taking a backseat to her actor husband. The book explores that strange kinship between the women and how they strive to find their own path for varying different reasons. Zara sits on the outside of this group, however you do see a thawing in relations as the story progresses. Zara is a hard character to get to like, quite aloof and almost antagonistic at times, but the more you understand about Zara, the more sympathetic you become and her story betrays the darker side of all the glitz and glamour that is seen in front of the camera.
And yes … There is sex. Quite a bit of it to be fair. Between husbands and wives. Between colleagues. Between young wannabe starlets and older men who really should know better … Steamy, sexy and certain to appeal to those who love a bit of romance and passion in their novels, there are plenty of scenes to titillate and cause a few blushes. And there is chemistry a plenty between Zara and her bodyguard Dan. I really kind of liked Dan, even if he was quite abrupt and dismissive of Zara, misunderstanding her in the same way the reader will. You can feel the tension between them, it leaps off the page, Alex Khan has pitched it just right, keeping the reader on edge wondering when or even if, anything will happen.
Tense, sexy and full of glamour, it’s a perfect blend of intrigue and passion and is set to be a big hit with readers who like their thrillers on the sexy side.
About the Author
Alex Khan has spent his life dreaming of writing and starring in Bollywood movies while travelling the world visiting some of the most glamorous and exciting locations. Moonlighting as a crime writer he finally got the courage to pen the novel he wanted to write all his life – Bollywood Wives taking you into the glamorous, sexy thrilling world of the world’s biggest movie stars and the secrets they hide.
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