Review of “Strangers with known faces” by Gautam Dutta. 

Title: Strangers with known faces 

Author : Gautam Dutta. 


Rajat, Meenakshi, Sadaaf, Amol, and Shanaya are five University students with nothing in common- who should never have met in the first place. They meet after winning a lucky draw- the prize of which was to take part in a puzzle game. Though the game was engrossing, they were unable to solve the puzzle in the stipulated time. However, this lead to the beginning of a deep friendship between them. Their friendship blossomed. But ego and misunderstanding led to an acrimonious break up. They meet again- two decades later- when Shanaya is murdered, and the other four are suspects. The four soon realize that in spite of being estranged for so many years, there were unknown ties that bound them- ties of treachery, deceit, and subterfuge. Ties that have led them to come together in circumstances that no one could have foreseen. And the game that they had left incomplete two decades back has to be played yet again – on a much bigger canvas. Now they have to trust each other, clear their names, and get to the bottom of the mystery, which threatens not only their lives and relationships, but also the fabric of democratic India. As their travels and travails continue, they discover hitherto unknown facets of the people around them, as well as their own selves. Can they succeed in resolving the puzzle this time? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? As hidden aspects of the human personality are revealed, they realize that no one is what he or she appears to be. For the world comprises of ‘Strangers With Known Faces’.


One of the best out of mystery thriller genre books that I have read. This is surely an exciting and thrilling read. 

As it is clear by the blurb the story revolves around 5 characters who meets accidentally but are bond together for life. 

They became friends at their university times but time separates them but again time reunites them once again that too after 20 years. This is such an interesting plot that will keep you hooked to the story throughout. 

The actual protagonist is Rajat who struggles in his personal life after marrying a politician. 

The story is amalgamation of various elements friendship, love, passion, politics and mystery. 

Overall it is an amazing read the title perfectly suits the plot that their are strangers with unknown faces. And it’s rightly said  “We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.”

The story is a great read and those who love thrillers and mystery stories. The narration and plot is wonderful too. The language could been a bit better and on the editing and grammatical front as well. Characters are built strongly no doubt in that. 

One such a story that you get least to read.

Overall I will give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐/🖐️.

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Strangers with known faces


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