Today I’m closing down the blog tour for Alex Khan’s dark and glamorous novel Bollywood Wives.
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…
Bollywood Wives is so fresh and exciting. Alex Khan takes you into the glitz, the glamour and the dangerous world of Bollywood, as competing stars fight to work their way to the top, and there are some who will do just about anything to get there. Alex’s writing is utterly immersive as he begins to peel back the layers of this world and as he explores the lives of his characters which are fleshed out really well.
There is so much I want to say about this book. I absolutely loved Zara, who is the first person we are introduced to. Zara is a complex character; she comes from a poor background but has swiftly risen to become one of Bollywood’s brightest stars. But her career is always under threat, either from rivals who want to steal her crown or extremists who are plotting to kill her.
The beginning of the book opens up with one such threat when there is an attempt on Zara’s life. Zara is due to appear in a new film, and the production team swiftly relocate to London for her safety. I did find that my opinion of Zara kept changing the more I got to know her character. She could be quite a gentle person at times, and there were often times when I felt sorry for her, but she could also be incredibly selfish.
If you’re familiar with Alex’s previous work, you will be able to see that this is very different to what he has written before. It’s a book that will pull you into the lives of the characters and their devious ways. You get a real sense of the characters feelings towards each other in Alex’s writing, and there is a lot of spitefulness and rivalry going on which is what made it so exciting.
I was totally surprised by the ending of this book, and it took a direction that I didn’t see coming. I really enjoyed reading it, and I hope that Alex continues to write more books set in this world. If you enjoy books filled with drama and characters that will keep you entertained and gripped, then I highly recommend it.
Thank you to Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to Hera Books for providing me with an advance reader copy via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Hera Books
Publication date: 6th February 2019
Print length: 339 pages
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