Book Review:The First Life of Vikram Roy (Ruby Iyer Series #1.5) by Laxmi Hariharan


Book: The First Life of Vikram Roy (Ruby Iyer Series, #1.5)

Author: Laxmi Hariharan

Plot: His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind. Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram’s father bring his half-brother Vishal home, life will never be the same. Vikram thinks things will be better now that he’s gone. He’s met the love of his life, his future looks bright and then everything is shattered. Now, his family’s life is hanging in the balance, and only Vikram can do what needs to be done to save them. (official synopsis)

Rating: 5/5


Meet Mr. Vikram Roy

First of all a huge thanks to the author and her team for providing me with the copy of the book

The character of Vikram Roy was another of the mysterious characters in the author’s main book, The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. While I wasn’t very happy with the other novella which was supposed to give us a good peak into the life of Ruby Iyer, I loved this novella because the book had nicely managed to remove all the mysteries surrounding Vikram. Through the journey of the book, we could actually see the growth of the character and with the entire sneak peek into his background story and growing years there is nothing that could have left about this guy

Before moving on to other aspects, I have to mention the two things that I didn’t like. First is the overall tone of the book which was kind of monotonic and stagnant. More like the graph throughout the book remained a straight line but I will admit that the end chapters were a lot more active. Second that at times, I did find a difference in the vikram I saw in the original book and the novella but perhaps that is a natural case as we all grow up through the years being completely opposite to our child self , also at the end of the book, everything sort of automatically falls into place to be in sync with the main book. Certain things did make sense while others went on to create more questions perhaps that is for the sequels to answer

Language and the characters are as sharp and good as from the first book and makes for a wonderful read and the best part is that you actually learn a lot about the character through this novella making it all the more essential to pick this one as in the first book you can’t help being intrigued at Vikram’s character and this novella is like an in-depth study to the character. Wish the end parts could have been as in depth as the first but then that could be just me wanting more from the character

The way the author creates a tell-all for the character of Vikram, this novella becomes an absolutely necessity if you have read the first book and had been intrigued and in awe of the character from the very page of his entrance.