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The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani



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Book Details



Length: 295 pages

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Age Category: Adult

Date Published: 15 April 2022

Amazon Link: (Canada)





Twelve powerful people are kidnapped and imprisoned in an empty hotel.


Each one of them has three choices:

Live out the rest of their days peacefully in the hotel,

Die by suicide so the rest of their companions can go free,

Or murder one of their companions so they alone can go free.


The Only Way Out is Death follows the story of these twelve people from the perspective of a young lawyer, Kiriaki, told as the events unfold. She has to forge messy alliances, navigate complex relationships and feuds, and, above all, try to stay alive. Meanwhile, the mastermind of this death game is lurking just out of view, watching them closely, making sure they are primed for murder.


Will Kiriaki find the mastermind before it's too late for her?

Will she outmaneouvre the cutthroats before they cut her throat?

There are twelve selfish lives in the hotel.

Will it end in twelve selfish deaths?


Author Bio


Varun Gwalani is the author of six novels: Believe, The First Storyteller, The Story Circle, The Novel Year, Who Saves the Hero? and The Only Way Out is Death. Each book is a different genre, with his latest book "The Only Way Out is Death" being a murder mystery thriller.

In addition to being an author, Varun has been a teacher of creative writing and English for several years now. He's an advocate for mental health awareness, having given a TEDx talk and written several articles on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Varun also loves reading, board games and video games, and he can often be find blending these interests by playing a visual novel. He would also like to tell you about the thing he hates the most: writing in third-person.

First off this absolute stunner of a book and one of the best thrillers I have read this year gave me whiplash and a headache. It was giving me And then there was none vibes but do you what this was wayyyyyyyyy better and more sinister. I knew from reading the first chapter I was in for one hell of a ride.

This book kept me guessing and I kept getting it wrong because of the clever use of so many unreliable characters by Varun even the great Poirot would have a lot of trouble finding out who the mastermind was.

This is all I am going to say is people need to read it and they will not be disappointed.

For all the above reasons The Only Way Out is Death receives 5 stars

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