On the jacket:
Qiara Rana will do anything to save her mentor and their non-government organization from ruin. Even if it means visiting the city she had vowed never to return to. But within a few hours of landing in New Delhi, she is being chased by a gunman and is a potential suspect in the murder of a high-profile businessman. The only person she can turn to for help is Kabir Shorey, the man who stood her up ten years ago. Past and present collide in a deadly plot of crime and greed that moves from the cosmopolitan streets of Delhi to the bazaars and villages of Rajasthan.
Love, in itself is a no safe zone. You get into the zone unaware, and by the time you realise, you get sucked into it. Some love the experience and come out happy, while some don't. When I heard that Adite Banerjie's latest book is titles No Safe Zone, it triggered my curiosity. I've read Banerjie before and quite like the kind of stories she spins. So with hightened curiosity, I picked up the book.
Kabir and Qiara are our story's protagonists. While Qiara is a lawyer-cum-social worker based in London, Kabis in a intelligence bureau office in India. I loved the career chosed for the protagonists. Not the they-do-nothing-but-are-very-rich kind of people, but normal people who work hard. Qiara is associated with an NGO which is in serious trouble because of a particular patron who himself was in trouble. Qiara comes to India to get to the bottom of these problems and meets Kabir with whom she has had a turbulent past. Every time they meet, they leave each other unsettled. And when they meet this time, more drama ensues.
Things were complicated between the two and it would have been best if they went their own ways. But when does life behave how people want it to? The two get together, somewhat gudgingly, to solve the mystery - him as a part of his job profile and she for the reason she'd come to India in the first place.
No Safe Zone is not your usual run-of-the-mill romance story but it has drama and suspence in equal dose. A smooth read, since Banerjie is an accomplished author and is already famous for writing beautiful stories. A perfect accompaniment for these rainy afternoons we are witnessing all around the country.
[This is an author request review. However, the opinons expressed are my own and unbiased.]