Book review | The Slut Chronicles: Betrayed by Kritika Sharma


Author: Kritika Sharma

Genre: Thriller, Romance Thriller 

No. of pages: 252

Published on: 25th July 2018

Published by: Kalamos Literary Services LLP

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★★★☆

“What is love, if not a passionate heartbreak?” 

Nothing makes Ishana lose her facade except for the word ‘slut’. When someone slut shames her, she smashes his head and becomes headlines again.

She is at the apex of her career but people are not ready to accept her boldness. Her strengths force them to dwell on their own weaknesses. However what no one knows is that her road to success is full of treachery and emotional hell.

Join Ishana as she narrates her story to an oblivious journalist. It is a roller coaster ride full of love, passion, emotions, betrayal and ‘slut shame’.

Are you ready to endure the truth of her life?

The first and foremost thing I would say is that I did not expect it to be this good. The book is the perfect blend of romance thriller and crime thriller. I was quite skeptical about it because quite often revenge sagas have disappointed me but this book is a mystery package itself. The way the story takes a turn and completely changes my idea about the protagonist is amazingly powerful.

As I said earlier, this is a tale about revenge. This book is the first book in a series and the only thing I can say about the ending is that it is 'unsatisfactorily satisfying'. That is, the book does give the readers a closure but does not give out the whole plot. The way the author finished this part makes me want to read the second book as soon as I can.

Coming to the story, I would say that the backdrop of the plot is a bit clichéd. Growing up with an abusive parent and facing hardships is nothing new in revenge stories but the way the protagonist stands up against it is impressive and pretty clever. I really liked how the author came up with these ideas.

The characters are also nothing new. A weak protagonist is what is important in these stories. But I loved how the protagonist, Ishana, stands up on her own and acts on her own without even giving the slightest idea to the readers. She has that anger riled up inside her which she finally let's go, not once but twice, in the book and she is quite nonchalant about the collateral damage caused by her. I really didn't expect the book to take such turns along with Ishana's character and it was a really overwhelming read.

Now I would like to touch another weak spot that the book brings out. The book speaks bravely about slut shaming. I bet that in every school, college or neighbourhood there must have been that one young girl who has been slut shamed. And this happens often without any strong base about the said person's character. Even then, labelling someone 'slut' because of the herd mentality is something that should be absolutely refrained from and the book very ruthlessly brings out how this propagates and absolutely destructs a girl's life. I guess this is enough reason why one should pick up this book.

The writing style did not have much of an appeal to me. I loved the plot and that's why I loved the book as a whole. The language is quite simple and easy and I hope the author had indulged the readers with an in-depth characterization of Ishana. However I loved the story telling style. The author makes Ishana narrate her life story to a reporter and in this way Ishana moves back and forth to her past and present. While she recollects the events in her past, she reflects upon her behaviour in the present.


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Kritika Sharma is an author, blogger and Associate Director in Nielsen, India. She is a woman of passion and spirit who believes in possibilities and loves to challenge her own limits by learning something new every day. She has been writing ever since she held a pencil. Writing refreshes her and energises her. 
The Slut Chronicles: Betrayed is her fifth book. Previously she has traditionally published four books under her name, ‘Manage your Manager’ (2013), ‘Live-in with a Ghost’ (2015), ‘AbstracTales’ (2017) and Treacherous Desires (2017).



I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 

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