All children believe that the world begins with their birth. But to be an adult was to acknowledge the endless circles of life that began before one’s time and would continue long after, to realize that one’s story was shaped and written by unknown others.

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In a nutshell


When Remy Wadia returns to India to adopt a baby, he’s shocked to discover his elderly mother is in the hospital, and has stopped talking. When he immigrated to the United States he took with him the resentment he felt towards the cold mother of his childhood.

Racked with guilt, he devotes himself to helping her recover. One day he discovers an old photograph in her apartment that brings shocking family secrets to the surface, which has him reevaluating his parents and entire childhood.

Book Club Notes


This novel explores the price of family secrets. The storyline was interesting and suspenseful and the characters were a great mix of simple and complex. Overall it was a very pleasant read which ticked all the usual boxes that make up a knockout book. However, there was something missing in the writing that could have taken it from good to great.

Read If


You enjoy novels centred around family secrets.

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Storyline – 8/10
Writing – 6/10
Character Development – 8/10
Plot Twist – 8/10
Shareability – 7/10
7.0Overall Score

The Nitty Gritty


Published by: Swift Press, Distributed by Jonathon Ball

Genre: Fiction, Drama, Philosophical

ISBN: 9781800753716

Pages: 355

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A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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