About the Book:
Are your Spidey senses tingling?
At 17, Samira Joshi has only one dream in life. She wants to be a spy. And why not?
Spying runs in the Joshi genes.
Her great-grandmother was famous for sticking her nose in everyone’s business. Her grandmother had a flourishing side-business of tracking down errant husbands and missing servants. Her parents are elite intelligence agents for RAW.
Yet, they want their only daughter to become a doctor.
When she sees a college friend being trapped by a pimp, Samira does some spying of her own, and discovers the existence of a secret sisterhood of teen spies — The Spyders. And, she wants in!
The question is, do they want her?
To find out, read this fast-paced, gripping YA novel by brand new author, Apeksha Rao.
Samira is smart, sassy, and seventeen - with a difference. While other teenagers dream of the latest trending hunk, Samira dreams of spies.
She wants to lead missions, run agents in the field, evade exploding napalm, just like any other career spy.
And why not? Spying runs in the Joshi genes.
From her great grandmother, who was the nosiest person in Ratnagiri, to her grandmother, who is like Miss Marple on steroids, to her parents, elite spies for R&AW, Samira’s family tree is littered with all sorts of spies.
According to her father, curiosity is Samira’s besetting sin.
But her mother doesn’t think so. According to her, Sam’s main problem is the fact that trouble follows her like a drone to its homing beacon.
It’s not her fault, though.
Sam is convinced that she has an angel and a devil sitting on each of her shoulders, whispering advice into her ears.
Only, the devil is an adrenaline junkie, who gives her the crappiest advice, which is how she always gets into trouble.
Her grandmother is convinced that Samira and her sarcastic tongue are going to land up in jail, someday.
After all, the biggest rule in Samira’s life is, “When in doubt, always revert to sarcasm.”
When she accidentally discovers a secret sisterhood of spies, Samira wants in! The question is, do they want her?
Advance praise for Along Came A Spyder:
"A thrilling read with several nail biting moments. Will keep you hooked till the end."
~ Andaleeb Wajid, author of The Legend Of The Wolf
"A fantastic spy story, keeps you on the edge and you can't stop till you finish the book. A fantastic debut book. Look forward to reading more from the author."
~ Kanchana Banerjee, author of Nobody's Child and A Forgotten Affair.
"Witty, snarky and a thorough entertainer, Along Came a Spyder is a welcome addition to India's YA genre."
~ Shilpa Suraj, author of Love, Marriage and Other Disasters, Saved by Love, and, Driven by Desire
"Apeksha Rao writes a taut espionage thriller with a twist-a-minute narrative that is sure to get all readers hooked. The language is flawless, the characterization spot-on, and the plot is filled with rich details. It is the kind of story that you'd leave all your other work aside to read. Be warned!"
~ Neil D'Silva, author of Haunted, Yakshini and Maya's New Husband
About the Author:
Apeksha Rao fell in love with words very early in life.
While other kids of her age were still learning to spell, she was already reading her older brother’s books and comics.
She wrote her first story at the age of seven and submitted it to Tinkle, a very popular children’s magazine.
Writing took a backseat, as she established a thriving medical practice.
But Apeksha rekindled her love affair with words, while on maternity leave.
She would tap away at her keyboard while rocking her twin babies to sleep, as sleep deprivation stimulated her dormant creativity.
She wrote numerous short stories, that she published on her blog.
Apeksha has been lauded for her taut and gripping stories, that always come with a twist at the end.
In addition to Along Came A Spyder, she has written The Itsy Bitsy Spyder, a prequel novella to the Spyders series.
A Mumbaikar, born and bred, Apeksha comes from a family of doctors.
At the ripe age of thirty-four, she wound up her practice and moved with her family, to Bengaluru.
She is now a full-time writer.
She is also a die-hard foodie, who’s still trying to find the best vada-pav in Bengaluru.
She has twin boys, who keep her on her toes.
Apeksha’s husband is her inspiration to write, as well as her biggest critic.