My rating: 4 of 5 stars
On a rainy, winter night, a mysterious woman in a red dress seeking shelter comes inside the restaurant Kabir was busy working in —primarily the bar— and night after night, drink after drink, she comes back to the same spot. That is where he sees her for the first time.
Hundreds of patrons around her try to speak with her daily, but she dismisses them. It appears she wants to remain in a blissful peace alone with her booze and books. After seeing the mysterious woman reading a book, and because of his shy nature, Kabir gains entrance into her life by anonymously leaving books with notes for her.
The Name of Red is the story of two strangers, two different personalities who meet on a winter, rainy night who challenge each other. They have a connection which blossoms into a friendship due to their fondness of books. But they both have secrets that can bind them together or threaten their newfound relationship forever.
The Name of Red is a great debut for Beena Khan. This first installment to her Red series. Her talent really shines through in this debut. The writing style was unique and refreshing. The characters were intriguing and the plot was fabulous. I did not want to put it down until the end.
I am giving The Name of Red four and half stars. I can not wait to read the rest of this series.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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