Title: The Twentieth Wife

Author: Indu Sunderesan

Pages: 380

Genre: Historical Fiction

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars

The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sunderesan came to me at a time when Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James had mercilessly dashed my reader expectations to the fiery depths of ghastly disappointment. The Twentieth Wife came to me when I had begun to wonder about the deterioration of the level of literal hunger from readers world wide, that a book packed with such indigestible characters lived for one thing only – to satiate their maddening hunger for a physical connection that demanded a fulfillment of  an unimaginably twisted fantasy through monotonous repetitions – had mesmerized the readers to a point that an exorbitant amount was paid for film rights. To recover from a disconcerting experience as this one, I needed a book that would be vastly different, and The Twentieth Wife provided a breath of a rejuvenating fresh air.