I LOVED it.
One of the best books I’ve read this year.
And the twisty, turny ending completely surprised me! How often does that happen to you? Because it doesn’t happen often to me!
From Trisha Sakhlecha,Can You See Me Now? is a gripping psychological suspense thriller about a young Indian woman, now a government minister, whose past secrets are about to reverberate into the present and shatter her life. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell and Erin Kelly.
Fifteen years ago, three sixteen-year-old girls meet at Wescott, an exclusive private school in India.
Two, Sabah and Noor, are the most popular girls in their year. One, Alia, is a new arrival from England, who feels her happiness depends on their acceptance.
Before she knows it, Sabah and Noor’s intoxicating world of privilege and intimacy opens up to Alia and, for the first time, after years of neglect from her parents, she feels she is exactly where, and with whom, she belongs.
But with intimacy comes jealousy, and with privilege, resentment, and Alia finds that it only takes one night for her bright new world to shatter around her.
Now Alia, a cabinet minister in the Indian government, is about to find her secrets have no intention of staying buried . . .
Great blurb, right!?!? And I LOVE the cover design – everything about the book screamed it was a read for me and it was. See above – I LOVED it!
And why, I hear you asking, did I LOVE it? The short answer – the characters.
The slightly longer answer…
Trisha Sakhlecha did a wonderful job at creating a whole cast of characters that I both loved and loathed, but who I was utterly, utterly interested in. I LOVED the flashbacks to the characters’ teen lives in the elite school near Delhi and watching as the dynamics between the three of them (Noor, Alia and Sabah) began and changed. Trish Sakhlecha did a great job of building the tension as we gradually see an air of mistrust, lies and jealousy form between the otherwise close friends. And the SECRETS. So many secrets. And secrets kept by teenage girls often don’t remain secret for long…
I LOVED the changing POV from one character to the another (although Alia was my favourite) and I LOVED finding out the present day drama that was also unfolding. Alia who was a politician, a position she worked hard and long for was also under immense work and personal pressure. While Sabah who was a documentary filmmaker was desperately trying to recreate the success she found early on in her career and it was Sabah’s search for the next big idea that sparked a series of events, that… you need to read for yourself!
The ending was great. GREAT. A total surprise, but it worked so well.
I also LOVED the setting – both the past and present day settings, the elite School and present day India. I imagined (rightly or wrongly so) that the academy was a bit like Eton. And Noor’s family home sounded beautiful. I loved the descriptions, the characters and the writing.
I thought Can you see me now? was filled with clever writing, very clever plotting and some very memorable characters – I was HOOKED.
Trisha Sakhlecha has made it onto my list of authors to watch out for and I am looking forward to jumping into her first book – Your truth or mine? when I get the time.
Have you read it? Do you want to?
I received a copy of the book for review from the publisher, which was all arranged by the blog tour organiser – Thank you!