Can You See Me Now? by Trisha Sakhlecha #BookReview #PanMacmillan #NetGalley #5*

From Trisha Sakhlecha, Can You See Me Now? is a gripping psychological suspense thriller about a young Indian woman, now a government minister, whose past secrets are about to reverberate into the present and shatter her life. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell and Erin Kelly.

Fifteen years ago, three sixteen-year-old girls meet at Wescott, an exclusive private school in India.

Two, Sabah and Noor, are the most popular girls in their year. One, Alia, is a new arrival from England, who feels her happiness depends on their acceptance.

Before she knows it, Sabah and Noor’s intoxicating world of privilege and intimacy opens up to Alia and, for the first time, after years of neglect from her parents, she feels she is exactly where, and with whom, she belongs.

But with intimacy comes jealousy, and with privilege, resentment, and Alia finds that it only takes one night for her bright new world to shatter around her.

Now Alia, a cabinet minister in the Indian government, is about to find her secrets have no intention of staying buried . . .

A Bloomin’ Good Thriller!

This is a book and a half! It consumed me the whole time I was reading.

Alia joins Westcott school in India late in the day; friendships are already formed and she is desperate to fit in. Managing to get in with the ‘it’ crowd of Sabah and Noor, Alia finds herself in a world of privilege so far unknown to her, but the rich don’t always play within the rules. Fast forward fifteen years and Alia is a government minister hoping to advance her career – but will the past come back to haunt her?

In the beginning I thought this was a coming-of age story, but that was just the beginning of this intriguing tale. There is so much packed into these pages and each one drew me in further. Before long I realised that there was an unsolved mystery in the midst of all the teenage angst and adult reflections. Several times I considered I had it all worked out, but I was so wrong! The surprises just kept on coming and trying to sort it all out in my head didn’t help. When the answers came, I was blown away! This is such a great read; skilfully created, expertly planned and I recommend it to all lovers of a bloomin’ good thriller! Trisha Sakhlecha is most definitely an author to watch. Highly recommended and so worth a full house of stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: psychological suspense thriller

Author Details

I am an author and fashion business consultant. I have worked as a fashion designer, trend forecaster, and lecturer. 

I wrote my debut novel whilst on Faber Academy’s novel writing course. The idea for Your Truth or Mine?, a psychological thriller about a dysfunctional marriage and a missing woman, grew out of a single image: a happily married woman discovering that her ‘perfect’ husband has been having an affair. I wanted to write about the shock of infidelity in a marriage in which one partner’s version of the truth completely contradicts the others and the subtle, and often crippling, forms of emotional and psychological control that often go unnoticed, all of which is brought into sharp focus as the protagonists find themselves enmeshed in an investigation. 

My second novel, Can You See Me Now? is a standalone psychological thriller about an intoxicating female friendship, power and politics. It will be published by Pan Macmillan in February 2021.

I grew up in New Delhi and now live in London. I love hearing from readers, so feel free to drop me a line.


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