Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan
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Zara Das is Bollywood’s hottest property, her every move watched by the eyes of the press. Riding high from the success of a string of blockbusters, she has the world at her feet, but the scandal from her latest film threatens to dethrone her as Bollywood’s reigning queen.

So when superstar director Raj Dillon stages a lavish retelling of Pride and Prejudice, moving the shoot from Mumbai’s soundstages to London, Zara knows this is the role that could put her back on top. Coming with them are the Bollywood Wives – Jackie, Sasha, and Rani – bringing their own off-screen drama.

But behind the diamonds, designer clothes and seven-star hotels lies the truth of how Zara reached the top. And when a dead body is found in her hotel room, it seems that someone is determined to take Zara down – and will stop at nothing to expose her darkest secrets.

Zara has spent years running from her past. But now it’s caught up with her…

A sexy, gripping, scandalous novel set in the world of Bollywood – fans of Jackie Collins, Crazy Rich Asians and Lauren Weisberger won’t be able to put this one down.

My Review:

Bollywood Wives revolves around protagonist Zara Das. She is a feisty, beautiful and troubled Bollywood star, scandal follows her at every turn!
But the novel isn’t just focused on her role within the story. We meet the fabulous Bollywood wives Sasha, Jackie, Rani and the insufferable snob Penny. We learn that behind each woman’s smile is a secret past. With emotions brimming to the surface, Zara’s latest Bollywood flick is relocated from Mumbai to London; after a serious attempt on her life. But who would want to kill Zara? And why?

‘Ten years of dragging myself to the top, and now, they were trying to drag her down again’ 

At just 29 years old, Zara has over a decades experience within the world of Bollywood. But it has not come without its price. Slowly the author weaves his magic and amongst the glamour, jealousy, secrets and search for inner happiness; the characters pasts are revealed. It is a tale of #MeToo for the Bollywood genre…

I really enjoyed the insight into life upon the Bollywood movie set. I felt that despite the female glamour and beauty, it was still a very male dominated industry. But with Zara’s determination to survive the threats on her life, she begins to seek a new life. One of independence for herself and the woman around her.
There is a dark crime at the novel’s heart and at times I felt extremely emotional, as I read Zara’s journey. What it has personally cost her, to become India’s number one star!
Behind the ‘perfect image’ each of the Bollywood actress, film crew and spouses unique stories are exposed and it makes for intriguing reading.

A glamourous, yet scandalous read. 4.5*

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