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Sandy Raman, stringer for the BBC, lives as a paying guest with the Sawants, a regular, quiet, Indian family. Or so she thought. Until she woke up to a woman with a knife … and a dark secret. It is only after she runs a sting operation on a home for the differently abled that Sandy makes a connection between an institute acting as a front for something sinister and the str ...more
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Published February 25th 2018 by Harper Black
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Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I am giving the book a rating of 3.5!

This novel has been penned by Nish Amarnath, a New York-based journalist and writer.

The protagonist of this psychological thriller is a young Indian woman called Sandy Raman. She has moved to London for Masters in media governance in the prestigious London School of Economics. Sandy's family allowed her to go abroad on the condition that she stays with a decent I
Vishnu Chevli
If I feel that chasing mythologies or romance is too much for time being, I take refuge in crime thrillers. Recently I had read too many mythologies and wanted to change the pattern. That is when Vandana from Vinfluencers recommended, "Victims for Sale". The title was interesting and I found the cover scary enough to boost my enthusiasm. The book reached my hands within 3 days and here I am to share my thoughts about the book.
You might read the title twice as I have done. Yes, it is correct, the
Aishwary Mehta (The_Fugitive_Biker)
9th book of 2020 (133rd book overall)

Quote from the Book I Liked - 'The past is helpful only insofar as it facilitates the future.' (Page no. 49)

Rating - 3.5 Stars

Plot Summary - Sandy Raman, a stringer for the BBC, lives as a paying guest with the Sawants, a regular, quiet, Indian family. Or so she thought. Until she woke up to a woman with a knife … and a dark secret. It is only after she runs a sting operation on a home for the differently-abled that Sandy makes a connect
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the name suggests, this book is a hair raising thriller. The author is an erstwhile resident of the UK, hence her description of the neighborhoods of London and suburbs are so vivid and detailed. The book is really smart, witty and full of suspense and hence very difficult to put down.
The story is about a 19 year old journalism student Sandhya, who moves to London from India to pursue higher studies. However instead of staying in a dorm in the university campus, she chooses to live as a payi
Manish Narayan
Based on a real-life incident. It is a story about a girl Sandy Raman who has relocated to London to study at the London School of Economics. She was formerly working as a news reporter. She stays with an Indian family there and finds something mysterious about the family. After her own investigation which leads her to a human trafficking racket. She undergoes life threats, get attacked several times, suffers lots of problems but still, she doesn't back out from the investigation.

Every character
Deepan Maitra
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Victims for Sale” goes beyond its menacing title to deliver a unique and suspenseful thriller, that comes with stomach churning thrill and action. It puts to play the frivolities of human ego, and uncensored biases and greed. Nish Amarnath has written a book rooted so deep into the unexplored spikes of human nature, that it doesn’t fail to amaze us.

Speaking of the plot, it was equipped with a very promising and well-staged premise. This is one of those books where the storyline itself is so co
Akash Sangwan
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's one of the best books I have ever read, given that it's full of action, adventure, love, pain, motivation and suspense.

It's about a young journalist, Sandy's investigation into something seemingly innocuous, which ends up ballooning into what is found to be an organized crime ring.

Sandy relocates to London as a post-graduate research student on the heels of her boyfriend's demise in a Mumbai bomb blast that she had herself covered as a TV reporter. Her rather conservative father and brother
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full review on my blog:

Sandhya a nineteen-year-old young journalist just lost her boyfriend to a terrorist attack in Mumbai; shattered, Sandy heads for her higher education to Britain and stays with an Indian family, the Sawants, as paying guest. The Sawants are mysterious from day one as each family member has his or her own set of secrets which Sandy keeps stumbling on one after the other. As Sandy starts working with the BBC as an intern, she come acros
Muthulakshmi Mahesh
Taking a break from fantasy and romance fiction novels I got a chance to read this psychological thriller. The story relates to the protagonist Sandy who yearns to pursue her higher studies in London. She moves to do her master's degree at the London School of Economics. There she opts to stay as a paying guest with a family, the Sawants.

Over the days in the Sawants' home Sandy is surprised to notice strange persons visiting them or witnessing an aunt intimate with a stranger, which she denies,
Ruchi Patel
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned

I have been obsessed with thriller and mystery genres lately and I picked up Victims for Sale by Nish Amarnath being intrigued by the title and the cover. I am glad that it met my expectations. It has a complex plot; so I enjoyed reading the book a lot but for the same reason it’s difficult to summarise the blurb also. The story opens with a scene with three characters of the Sawant family, Nimmy, Asha and Jyoti. Asha is mentally challenged and behaves like a five or seven year old child. The pr
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
This is my first Amarnath novel, and I’ll tell ya this right now. It will not be my last. This novel, for the author’s debut novel, was a wonderful one! The characters are chiseled perfectly for their roles, and the plot line is one that will leave the reader on the edge of their seats. Turning page after page, this novel had me wrapped up long into the night.

Sandy’s character was full of depth and detail. I loved the way Amarnath portrayed her. She’s woven into a plot line that is intense and f
Khyati Raja
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Victims for Nish Amarnath. Ms Amarnath has created a brilliant , novel that skill fully drags the reader into a world of human trafficking and ultimately murder.
This tale is really taking readers on a disturbing ride through society's underbelly. It's a twisted thriller about a young reporter who discovers a human trafficking ring. There are lots of turning points in the tale that we cannot conclude at one point , but surely it chills , showing how crime can unfold in both lethal and
Hetal Rawat
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book plots its incidences in London and portrays struggle of Ms. Raman who lands there for higher studies after she faces death of her boyfriend back in Mumbai. While she is overcoming grief of her parted boyfriend, she gets trapped in solving sex racket that has been running in a care center and many innocent kids and mentally challenged women were on target of inhuman souls out there. As one reads, its no less than a suspense thriller with victim suddenly transited to culprit as the story ...more
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The blurb of the book really intrigued me. I had a couple of questions in my mind immediately after reading the blurb that I hoped reading the book would answer for me.

Sandy Raman stays as a paying guest with the Sawants, who come across as a normal Indian family. What was supposed to be an arrangement of convenience, turns into a dangerous situation for Sandy. The Sawants may not be the average family they pretend to be as Sandy wakes up to the secrets that she feels compelled to uncover. As sh
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sandy Raman is a nineteen-year-old journalist from Mumbai who does not hesitate to go where angels fear to tread. She lives as a paying guest with the Sawants, an Indian family after the death of her boyfriend, Saahil, in the Mumbai blasts. The appearance of Nirmal aka Nimmy, the son of the house, makes her feel she has an ally, even though she is a trifle startled by Nimmy’s sister, Asha, who first accosts her with a knife. Nimmy and Sandy grow closer, much to the disapproval of his family, but ...more
Priyambada Das
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 19 year old Journalist from India is now living in London as a paying guest with the Sawants. The Sawants seem normal but are a way opposite than that. Before Sandhya can realize this she's already in a crap load of mess. But are the Sawants the only ones who are mysterious or everything and everyone around Sandhya is dual faced ?
Sandhya leaps into a life threatening fiasco the moment she runs a sting operation on a care home.

The Author is absolutely brilliant ! This book has been writte
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When we long for life without difficulties, we must remind ourselves that oaks grow strong in the harsh, contrary winds. If you think about it that way, it'll be easier to get by such situations. ~ Nish Amarnath, Victims for sale
This book is a crime thriller and I'm really loving this genre so much these days. It is based on real-life incident. It is a story about a girl Sandy Raman who goes to London to study in London School of Economics. She was formerly working in ABP news as reporter. She s
Namrata Amar
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Victims for Sale is a spine-chilling page turner, delving into murky and gory secrets of an unexplored sex racket inconspicuously nestled in the bustling city of London. Aside from the intricate details and convoluted plot twists that had my heart racing throughout, what I enjoyed the most was the poetic eloquence with which the story was told. The book gives you a glimpse of the travesties of contemporary investigative journalism while taking you on a rollercoaster ride through a bloodbath of n ...more
Michael Cohn
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced conspiracy thriller

Nish Amaranth’s “Victims for Sale” is an engrossing, action-filled thriller about a young woman who is building her career in the broadcast media while attending business school in London who gets drawn into a conspiracy involving the exploitation of special needs children and teenagers. The story is consistently interesting and provides an illuminating look inside the world of a media company like the BBC.
Solitude and  books
Victims for Sale by author Nish Amarnath is a breath-taking thriller!

Inked in 322 pages, it has all the elements a thriller lover would like to read in a suspense-filled book.
Starting with the very first scene in Mumbai, where a loved one of the protagonist meets an unfortunate end, the story shifts to London where a series of mysterious events start following Sandy, the 19-year old journalist. Sandy comes to stay as a paying guest at the residence of the Sawants to complete her studies in LSE
Vandana Choudhary
Sandhya Raman aka Sandy has just shifted from Mumbai to Britain for higher studies and stays as a paying guest with an affluent Indian family. Sandy had recently lost her boyfriend in a bomb blast in Mumbai and is quickly attracted to Nirmal Sawant, the charming young son of the family with whom she is staying over. However, on day one at the new place, she realizes Nimmy has a younger sister Asha who is behind her age and is fiercely protected by Nimmy and his family. A mysterious lady Rosie la ...more
Nikita Sharma
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Memorable Crime Thriller
As a person who enjoys reading fast-paced books, I recently chanced to read a different kind of thriller, Victims for Sale, by Nish Amarnath, and I was amazed at how well it has been written. The blurb in the back cover impelled me to buy the book and I don’t regret it! It was refreshing to read a very descriptive narrative that brought out the nuances of a student’s life in London and the struggles the protagonist Sandy undergoes trying to adapt to a different culture
Ekta M
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sandy Raman, a young journalist used to work for the ABP news channel in Mumbai. She comes to London for her masters at LSE and stays as a paying guest with the Sawants, an Indian Family which she finds very strange.
Sandy is beset with several personal and professional challenges, during the course of which she stumbles upon a dark secret of the Sawants regarding their mentally challenged daughter. It is only after she is drawn reluctantly into a sting operation on a home for the differently-abl
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Sandhya Raman arrives in London, she has no inkling that her life is about to get chaotic. Living as a paying guest with a decent family, her studies and a potential career opportunity as a stringer seem move at a normal and steady pace. And yet when strange occurrences around her pose a red flag, Sandy realises there is much more to everything that has been happening since her arrival. Being a journalist she is well acquainted with the ugly side of the criminal world, but not up until rece ...more
abdulia ortiz-perez
This is my first time reading from this author and it was a awesome.

What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every pag
Animesh Das (Booksandbeard)
In Victims for Sale, author Nish Amarnath has weaved a brilliant story, containing all the necessary ingredients for a thriller, conflict, tension and suspense, tied up in a nice, twisty package. The very first thing that I loved about the book is its cover page. Cover Designer Arati Devasher has done a commendable job with an unique play of black and green which intensifies the appetite to go through the narrative.

As far as the writing style is concerned, it is absolutely fantastic. There are a
Ipshita Das
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Victims for Sale

It is a suspense thriller. Starting from the title of the book, I was very much impressed; the cover and the title both caught my attention. The protagonist of this story is named Sandhya Raman aka Sandy, who desires to pursue higher education in London, but her father and brother give her permission on the condition that she lives abroad with a known family there. She is a journalist and has worked in Mumbai earlier.

As the days progress, Sandy notices that the family members ar
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life is a battle and is full of challenges. Sometimes we are tired of walking on the right path and choose shortcuts, which could be against the principles of the society and law or rather unethical. Sometimes we do walk on the right path, despite all the hitches and hiccups of life, slowly and steadily.
Victims for Sale is one such book which revolves around hardships faced by journalists and the vulnerabilities a woman goes through.

Story revolves around a journalism student, Sandy Raman who st
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A perfect suspense thriller book!

The title is appropriate for a thriller and the front wrapper design compliments the genre.

This is the story of a young journalist Sandy, who covers the Mumbai blast for a news channel.
She suddenly realizes that her boyfriend is in that area for a meeting.
She soon learns that her boyfriend has become a victim of the bomb blast. Her life takes a turn in the aftermath of the tragedy. Sandy y
Sukanya Gogoi
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Victims for sale’ authored by Nish Amarnath is a book that grips its readers with mystery, thrill and suspense. The protagonist of the story is Sandy Raman who moves out to London for higher studies in her professional field. The first few pages reflect the struggle of a young and brilliant girl trying to convince her traditional parents about her decision to pursue further studies. This brings in the Sawants to the story. Simple, London-based Indians who welcomed Sandy as a paying guest in the ...more
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Nish Amarnath, previously known as Nischinta Amarnath, is a New York-based journalist and writer. She is the author of three books: 'The Voyage to Excellence: The Ascent of 21 Women Leaders of India Inc.', 'Citi and its Scuffle with the Watchdogs' and 'Victims For Sale'. Her debut novel, 'Victims For Sale' was released worldwide as a psychologically-driven crime thriller by HarperCollins in 2018 a ...more

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