Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Book Review: The Justified Sin by Harpreet Makkar

Book Name: The Justified Sin.

Author: Harpreet Makkar.

Publisher: Petals Publishers and Distributors.

Price: Rs. 175.


What do you call it when three beautiful women come in your life but you are still single? What if they all, at some point, tried to entice you, but you still feel like committing suicide because of loneliness? What do you call it when you made no mistake, but still, you feel guilty as sin?

Jay had a common life until Saloni, Prachi and Varsha came in life and changed everything. At times, he avoided the love that knocked his door, but when he actually needed it, the same love knocked him,

He betrayed. He got betrayed.

He rejected. He got rejected.

From being shot by Prachi's father to getting intimate with Varsha under the influence of alcohol, his life was as spicy as those masala Bollywood movies.

He was getting used to his life, until, one night, he decides to jump off a building and end everything.

Will there be love, or will it end?

Find out what happens when love has to pay its price.

Story in a nutshell:

Jay finds himself on the terrace of his office building. He is there to commit suicide. He is interrupted by a young girl who strikes up a conversation with him and drives him into telling his story to her.

Jay begins his life story with Saloni and his friendship. He talks about how they were in to each other. He narrates how Saloni felt about their relationship. Jay also mentions about his best buddy, Shaurya and his growing interest in Saloni. Jay does not realize his affection for Saloni until Shaurya gets closer to her. What does Jay do when he realizes the same?

The next girl who happens to enter Jay's life is Prachi, Shaurya's girlfriend. How and why does Prachi become integral part of Jay's life? Jay meets Varsha at Bangalore. How does he land up in Bangalore? He finds himself in love with Varsha. Does Varsha acknowledge his love for her? Why is Jay committing suicide?


'The Justified Sin'- The title is so intriguing that I picked up this book reading the title itself. However, I feel sad to mention that the title and the story do not go in hand with each other. It appears quite mature for this story. The second thing that attracted me the most is the attractive cover. I must really praise the cover designer for the awesome work she has done.

Moving on to the story, the plot is kind of predictable at many places. I cam across many situations where closure to certain events haven't been done and the same event has been brought up at a later stage and discussed (A real turnoff!) Confusion will arise in the minds of the readers. He will surely feel lost somewhere, during the reading session. The characters are crafted well and yes, I felt connected to most of them.


  • Jay and his father's relationship.
  • Cover Design.


  • There have been many occurances of SMS words and typing errors. Also, editing suffers at many places.

I rate:
Cover: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Story: 2.5/5

On the whole, I rate The Justified Sin with 3/5 stars.

You can buy this book on Amazon.

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