Author: Ashi Kalim

Publisher: Notion Press

Book Blurb:

Svetlana had never known pure love, till she meets Brajesh…
Brajesh is a fun-loving, mischievous and caring Indian prince who visits Russia and captures Svetlana’s heart. He christens her as “His Matryoshka.”
Once his work gets done, he leaves for India, taking Svetlana’s heart with him.
Unable to forget him and confident of his love for her, Svetlana travels to India in search of her prince.
Does she find him? What happens to her love? How does the international politics affect her life?

Inspired by true life incidents, The Day Before… I Died narrates the love between Svetlana – daughter of the infamous dictator Josef Stalin – and Brajesh Singh, an Indian Kunwar.
The murder, trails, betrayals and the hope leads to more agony.

My Review:

I was attracted by the cover and the blurb of this book. Especially since it is about an era that I love reading about.

The protagonist of this book, Svetlana is the daughter of Stalin and she falls in love with an Indian prince. Once the prince leaves, Svetlana travels to India to search for him. While the main premise of the story is great, I felt it needed a lot in terms of narration and settings. This book feels more like a plot line than a finished novel. Even though the characters are well known, we do not read much about them or their lives.

While the main characters are well sketched out and have distinct personalities, the rest are just mentioned, it would have been good had the other characters been sculpted in a better way.

I especially liked the way the author has handled the ending, it was unexpected and was like a whiff of fresh air. The climax of the story was exceptionally handled and was the best part of the book.

On the whole, I rate this book 2 out of 4.

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