Beyond Secrets by Alka Dimri Saklani – Book Review

This is the review of the book Beyond Secrets by Alka Dimri Saklani. The story revolves around Nidhi and Noel and their tryst with destiny at the orphanage Aashiyana.

Beyond Secrets by Alka Dimri Saklani
Beyond Secrets by Alka Dimri Saklani


BEYOND SECRETS by Alka Dimri Saklani


Beyond Secrets Book Blurb

Noel is a counsellor, risking his career for volunteering in an orphanage.
Nidhi is an engineering student on the surface, but deep down a broken girl in search of some unanswered questions.
Appu is a sweet little orphan, unaware of the cruelties of the world.
Despite being miles apart their stories interweave in “Aashiyana”, the orphanage. Their little journey together changes their lives in ways they never imagined.
One recurring nightmare, one unexpected phone call, one stolen diary, many lies and secrets, and a calling from the past are just the highlights. And when they depart, they are not the same anymore.
They didn’t hurt each other, it was a game of destiny. Will they ever be able to rediscover themselves and more importantly, will their paths ever cross again?
Beyond Secrets is a novel with layers of suspense and different nuances of relationships. And one question that can’t have just one answer – How long does it take for a scar to heal?

Beyond Secrets Book Review

Young Noel and Nidhi are the protagonists of this story which takes place in an orphanage where both of them have come to volunteer.

Noel is a freelance counselor who has reached the orphanage against his dad’s wishes. Noel is tired of his parents and his twin brother Sam who seems to excel in everything he does and seems like the perfect son any parents would want. Finally, Noel’s parents relent and give in to the wishes of their son and let him go to Aashiyana.

Nidhi at the outset appears to be gruff and insensitive, yet comes off as a girl who craves for freedom and love. She has run away to the orphanage to run away from her past which torments her, and thus begins her journey from her home to Aashiyana.

A strange sense of Déjà vu permeates Noel’s mind as flashbacks torment his mind. At Aashiyana Noel and Nidhi start off as people who cannot be friends, yet both their journeys are similar to the reader. Both of them are in search of answers to questions which torment their souls.

The story is written in the first person account and the emotions of the protagonists engulf the reader and we are able to relate to them. The characters are not perfect fictional spin-offs, but they are human beings made of flesh and blood, perfectly imperfect with their own character flaws. The writing is simple and the readers are in for a smooth reading experience.

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About the author
Alka Dimri Saklani is the author of “45 Days in a Cancer Hospital” and “Beyond Secrets”. Her debut novel “45 Days in a Cancer Hospital” was longlisted for the prestigious Crossword Books award 2013. Her poems have been published in many magazines. She holds MBA degree in HR and worked with a leading MNC before turning to a full-time writer. Born and brought up in Vadodara, a city in Gujarat, her roots hail from “Dev Bhumi” Uttarakhand. Apart from writing, she loves music, reading, traveling, and spending time with her two naughty kids.
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