Wednesday, 28 February 2018

#BookReview: 8 Hours by Upendra Namburi


Title: 8 Hours
Author: Upendra Namburi
Publisher: Westland Ltd
Published on: 21 October 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 290
ISBN: 9386850044


Aratrika Reddy, the charismatic CEO of ARYA Holdings Ltd., has just 8 Hours to save her company from certain bankruptcy.The multi-billion dollar hotels to steel conglomerate, founded by her mercurial father, liquor baron Madhusudhan Reddy, has many suitors, all of them plotting a hostile takeover. Aratrika’s estranged husband, Siddhartha is one of them. His inside knowledge is the real ace up his sleeve. The Rathores, the Reddys’ arch-rivals are looking to buy ARYA too and thereby settle old scores. Aratrika has to weave her way through a litany of lawyers, politicians, bankers, bureaucrats, investors, power brokers and her dreaded family. Behind the scenes, Jagannath Rao, her wily uncle, is playing a dangerous double game of manipulation. Her father Madhusudan is furiously pulling the strings from behind the scenes. To add to the confusion, overseeing the whole sale process is her old flame, Peter.Over the course of a single night, 8 Hours to be precise, Aratrika must fight the demons at the gates of her company and those within. It’s a fight to the bitter end. A fight that Aratrika does not want to lose…


The cover page of the book 8 Hours is very simple in black, white and brown colours. It has an image of an hourglass which is to show the time and is very apt with the story. Overall, the cover page is very simple and decent. 


8 Hours by Upendra Namburi is a corporate thriller which revolves around Aratrika Reddy who has just 8 hours to save her father's company from bankruptcy. The book is binded in a tight plot which is engaging and is written in small chapters according to the time intervals. The story moves at its own pace, it is not too pacy filled with many twists and turns. The book is written in a simple and an easy language. There were so many events that took place in the book which made it very engaging and gripping.
The story has quite a lot of characters which made it difficult to read and comprehend but as the story progressed it was fine and the characters seemed realistic. The characters were not so developed which made me curious to think and know mare about them but Aratrika's character was very well described. 
The emotions in the story are penned marvelously especially the flashback scenes of Aratrika with her mother. Her relationship with her father, husband and son is quite well described and I really liked how she was showed as a strong figure,but deep down she was hurt beyond repair. The way her mental state is described amazing showing her emotions really well.
The narration of the story is very crisp and to the point. It was not too descriptive and author has managed to add the economic details also, making the readers aware of them. The book is a page turner and is very realistic which made me aware of the conditions of companies on the verge of bankruptcy which make them pass a sleepless night.
Overall, 8 Hours is a page turner book having a lot of twists and is filled with suspense and thrill. I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in corporate fiction.

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Upendra Namburi

Upendra Namburi is a sales and marketing professional who has contributed to leading newspapers and online publications. 
He is on the passionate voyage of writing the numbers triumvirate of novels titled 31, 60 and 8. 
His debut novel 31, was a bestseller and also on the long list for the Tata First Book award. 
His second book titled '60 minutes' is a unique story that spans a pulsating 60 minutes.
He has contributed to Indian and International publications on a wide array of subjects.
He is an evolving blogger, ardent dreamer and passionate writer.
He resides in Gurgaon, India.

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

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