The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarup

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Though the plot bounds nimbly from the edge of one cliff to another, Swarup displays a rather flaccid sense of jeopardy: "There's something very deflating about being confronted with a loaded gun." And it doesn't get much better when he tries imagery: "Hospitals are the boats that move damaged souls across the river of human sickness."
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In life you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate ...What would you do if, out of the blue, a billionaire industrialist decided to make you the CEO of his company? No prior business experience necessary. There is only one catch: you need to pass seven tests from the 'textbook of life'. This is the offer made to Sapna Sinha, an ordinary salesgirl in an electronics boutique in downtown Delhi, by Vinay Mohan Acharya, one of India's richest men. Thus begins the most challenging journey of Sapna's life, one that will test her character, her courage and her capabilities. But are the seven tests for real or is Acharya playing a deeper game, one driven by a perverse fantasy? From the acclaimed author of Slumdog Millionaire, one of the biggest films of the decade, comes this compelling, suspenseful story about the power of dreams, the lure of money and the universal need to know who we are.
 

About Vikas Swarup

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Vikas Swarup is the author of the bestselling sensation Q&A, which was filmed as the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, and Six Suspects. His novels have been translated into more than forty languages. Find out more at www.vikasswarup.net
 
Published July 8, 2014 by Minotaur Books. 449 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Oct 25 2013

Though the plot bounds nimbly from the edge of one cliff to another, Swarup displays a rather flaccid sense of jeopardy: "There's something very deflating about being confronted with a loaded gun." And it doesn't get much better when he tries imagery: "Hospitals are the boats that move damaged souls across the river of human sickness."

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Raghu Karnad on May 03 2013

At times Sapna’s story seems to be running alongside a ticker-tape of yesterday’s news. In building these scenes, Swarup leans harder on fidelity than invention, which is a pity.

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