Mostly crime and mystery thriller novels are fuelled by revenge. The protagonist has some or other motive to payback in their own styles and preparations to settle old wounds or betrayals. On similar lines Onkar Sharma’s novel “Revenge Theory” is a hardcore revenge thriller. The theme of retribution doesn’t culminate through its subplots but it remains in the backdrop like banter. Also, the author didn’t disclose it in snatches. He kept the storyline focused and tight and in the end the passion to carry out revenge with full preparation not only divulges but also surprises.
Some people can transform their lives and live secretly to see that day of taking sweet revenge from their enemies. After all ‘revenge is sweet’. Like a movie from the Indian cinema the story features, in limelight, the woeful tale of Shayama Devi, a budding businesswoman in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh. Her world is turned upside down when the local politician Chauhan usurps her Tutu jam factory one night. She is humiliated and devastated. She leaves the Himalayan town overnight only to come back stronger after a decade as Pratigya.
Kuldeep is another important leading character who sets the backstage of the plot in Hamirpur. He is into educational business, running a school – lost her wife in an accident. On the other hand Pratigya, bereaved of husband, has a coaching business setup in Chandigarh. Both come close on the pretext of a business venture. Their meetings and hangout fill much part of the novel. Ironically, the villain Chauhan remains same for both. The local MLA turned minister seizes elite schools under his academy. And that rankles Kuldeep!
It may take some time to get to know that Pratigya and Shayama Devi is a same person. But does Chauhan know this? Without disclosing much about characters’ sweeps, the transition of subplots into the final one is smooth. You can consider it both: light yet engrossing. With revenge as a main theme and portraying the broken lives of two prominent characters, the novel chugs ahead like a silent puzzle while dealing with deception, betrayal, and treachery at every turn. The author is really good at keeping you guessing the motives of characters from both sides.
Many will appreciate the well-drawn intriguing characters, an intricate plot, and the seamless blending of passion and revenge with a dose of mystery and suspense. For sure, the novel will be a pleasant read and may take you through thrilling journey of Pratigya and her aspirations to find justice for herself.
Onkar has vividly painted characters and their ambience along with succinct narrative. He writes with a clear concise, kudos that he didn’t repeat or exaggerated any scene or event. This ability of him keeps the novel moving at an optimum pace without creating any tinge of boredom and banality.
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