“Life can be too mysterious sometimes and one cannot even imagine what results would occur when those mysteries would be unveiled. One can only hope that the mysteries would result for something sweet and pleasant!”    

Well, before starting the review of this title, “The Familiar Stranger” by Author Hema Matalia, let me mention that the Author has made a brilliant effort with her suspense and thriller novel. The book covers a great story revolving around the main character and the incidents of her live. The way some mysteries will unveil in the life of the prime character of the plot, will make the readers feel the thrill while going through this amazing novel. 

About the Author: The Author, Hema Matalia is a post-graduate in English Literature from Calcutta University. She holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan and has a certificate in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Profiling. She is proficient in a number of languages and finds creative expression in writing and painting. Born into a family of readers, she has never known of a time when she wasn’t reading something. This is her first novel, an attempt to be on the other side of the book. When she is not reading or writing, she spends her time catching up on crime shows and going for long walks. For more information about her, please visit: www.hemamatalia.com/

Book’s Introduction: This book, The Familiar Stranger by Author Hema Matalia is a ‘Mystery & Thriller’ Novel, filled with suspense at every instances in the plot. The storyline of this book is revolving around Pamela, who is the main character of the story. The story is mostly about the mysterious incidents, which occurs in the life of Pamela, when she sees a photograph in a magazine. Further, the story progresses with the twists & turns in the life of poor Pamela. Moreover, her normal life as a wife, mother and an art teacher completely changes and everything takes a 360-degree turn in her life!

The book covers the story of Pamela’s quest for the answers of some unanswered mysterious of her life, which takes her through the breadth of the country. She travels from Darjeeling to Kolkata to Mumbai only in search of the answers to the questions, which were haunting her deeply. The novel is filled with astonishing revelations and thrills and this is the story of a woman, who must unravel the truth behind the incident that changed the course of her life.

Book Title: The title “The Familiar Stranger” for this book, which is a Crime & Mystery Thriller novel, is certainly an appropriate one with reference to the collection of chapters added in this book by the Author. Moreover, it is a very ‘Catchy Title’ and this is something, which makes the book even more interesting, as the title itself compels you to pick up this book for a read. In this case, the title is giving a very mysterious as well as an interesting vibe. Therefore, as a reader you would feel the urge to go inside the chapters and try to understand the Author’s thoughts!

In addition, I must mention that the title of this book is much “Justified” with regards to the reading-worthy storyline present in this book. Undoubtedly, it is a very apt Book Title for this novel & the Author had been extremely wise to go for this title.

Readers Connect: Through this book, Author Hema Matalia has attempted to bring a feel of thrill for the readers and this is something, which will make the readers go page by page of this title. The story in this book covers everything, from crime to mystery, thriller, and suspense and the reader are bound to experience everything!  

Another very important aspect of this book is that the storyline is indeed engrossing & interesting and the narration style by the Author is so amazingly lucid, that it would totally hook the readers until the very last page of this mystery thriller novel. Moreover, this is a book, which will make the readers think about the plot for several times, even after completing the book.

Verdict: A Book like “The Familiar Stranger” is for sure a Must Read one& deserves a chance by the readers. The way Author had presented the central character in this book and made sure to retain the suspense until the very end of the story, making the storyline truly incredible. Her work is seriously praise-worthy as she has succeeded in making a great book in the category of crime, mystery & thriller!

Author, Hema Mataliais a promising Author, who is very creative in her writing, which the readers can feel through her spectacular writings. In addition, her honest work makes her book even more reading-worthy.    

Book: The Familiar Stranger
Author: Hema Matalia
Publisher: Book Rivers (2022)
Total Pages: 225
Reviewed By: Criticspace Journal


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