Title: Along Came A Spyder
Author: Apeksha Rao
Publisher: TreeShade Books
Available (paperback and kindle edition) here
Know The Author: Apeksha Rao is a homoeopath by profession and a writer by passion. A polyglot, fluent in six languages by the age of five, she fell in love with words very early in life. She wrote her first story at the age of seven, and her stories and plays won many accolades in school and college. She is also an amateur sitar player.
A Mumbaikar moved to Bengaluru. As she explored her new city, she was inspired to start a food blog, in addition to her already-popular fiction blog. She is a keen observer of human nature, something that is reflected in her stories.
Cover And Title: The cover of the book is peppy with nice background colour and a bold new age girl figure with few elements like the hat, sunglasses which gives a nice look to the cover. The title is apt for the story, it is catchy and the ‘y’ in Spyder surely attract the readers.
My Review: It is a story about a teenage girl who wants to be a spy like her parents. She is been getting trained since she was very young by her parents. All of a sudden her parents stopped training her and wanted her to be a doctor in future. All the sweet talks and tricks of her parents didn’t work in front of her strong determination. The girl Samira Joshi somehow finds her way into the world of spies. The story later unfolds a secret of Samira Joshi’s life which settles her curiosity for knowing the reason for her parents’ disinterest in her passion.
After reading the story I feel as if I am back on one of the Log Rides I have been to, in an adventure land, where a person sits on a log-shaped seat and experience some lows, highs, unexpected twist and turns. Some parts of the story will take you to the world of Bollywood spy movies where the terminology of cameras, recorders, flying gadgets, pistols, bombs are used. Some parts will bound you to think differently for the people who serve our country without asking anything in return. There are few segments in the book that deals with the issues of mental health and self-defence. It is interesting but a light read. It is appropriate for all age groups starting from teens.
For me, there are a few lows in the book too as there are some places where I felt the unnecessary use of the situation. There are parts where the story jumps to a good time gap within few words which I felt could be done some other way. Apart from this, it is a thrilling experience and a one go read. It will keep you stick to it till the end. No wonder after reading this you also want to be a spy.
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars