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NP Recommends – Why we love Majid’s Diary


Book: Majid’s Diary
Author Name: Ghazala Rizvi
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery

A diary is all that Jamal has to understand why brother Majid committed suicide. But, it is one thing to have missing pages but entirely another thing to have a filled diary that is more of a crossword puzzle. Jamal takes the help of his friend Dev and before the two realize, they are thrust on a rollercoaster ride into a world of lies, crime and politics.

What secrets and mysteries do the pages in the diary hold? Will the truth be harder to accept, challenging their friendship?

Ghazala Rizvi’s riveting tale answers all these questions in an engrossing page turner that is bound to excite the thrill seeking reader in you.


“You know. As a journalist, he would meet people with some problem or the other. Sometimes he would work with girls who had been sexually abused or rescued from prostitution,” Jamal said, then added, “I thought half of the stories he told me were made-up to boost his ego.”

“But looks like one of them may have been true after all,” Prakash said eyeing Jamal.

Why we loved this:

When Jamal and his friend, Dev set out on a journey to find out the truth behind Majid’s suicide, they seldom expect that the world as they know it would crumble, their friendship challenged and life will never ever be the same again. But the events would unfold just as they feared.

How often do we come across a thriller set in the heartland of India with places close to our heart? Even rarer is to find one that across themes of friendship and social structure, regions and politics. Ghazala Rizvi’s novel stands out on that aspect.

Readers are led to believe at the start that the sole purpose of Jamal is to find out the reason behind his brother Majid’s suicide. But as the story unfolds, through Majid’s written words, we begin to understand who he actually was. We break down the layers of lies and truths that lead Jamal and Dev from one place to another. We, the readers, realize that nothing is what it seems and the story gets darker with every turn. Crimes happen. Politics interfere. Misunderstandings and doubts break friendships.

The primary job of a crime thriller is to make sure that you cannot keep the book down. Ghazala Rizvi’s ‘Majid’s Diary: The Masks we wear, the webs we weave’ is like a Netflix series that you cannot help binge-watching till it ends. When you finish the book, you will be in love with the engrossing narration, the clever plot and the well-written characters of Jamal and Dev. To put it simply, Majid’s Diary is unputdownable!

You will love this:

If you loved thriller novels written by Mary Higgins Clark, Sidney Sheldon, James Patterson, Michel Bussi and Keigo Higashino; if you loved movies like Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly, Neeraj Pandey’s A Wednesday, Nishikant Kamat/Jeethu Joseph’s Drishyam, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone

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