‘Trapped’ – a detective novel by 13 year old author, Soumya Jinaga

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Pune, 5 August 2021: detective with her fair share of a disturbing past wakes up in a barren room only to find out that she has been kidnapped. Once she escapes, she soon works with her team to solve mysterious cases happening around the city, but what happens when she finds a mysterious message waiting for her at the end of every investigation? What happens when this notorious criminal starts targeting the people around her? And what happens when the last thing she believed in… was all a lie? Can she find this mysterious person… and if she does, will she be able to accept her fate?

This is the storyline of ‘Trapped’, authored by 2007 born writer, Soumya Jinaga. The book was launched at the hands of Chief Guest Padmashree Lila Poonawalla, Industrialist, philanthropist & humanitarian, and the Guest of Honour Sunanda Mehta, Author and former Resident Editor of Indian Express, on  30th July 2021 at Crossword, Pune.

Trapped is Soumya’s debut novel, which she started writing when she was just 12 years old and finished it during the summer of 2020. She spent the next year working with publishers and went through the publishing process with them. 

“She is truly gifted.  I couldn’t imagine a girl of 12 years to start writing  such a mystery book, it’s extraordinary! I have known kids of her age writing but those are children’s books. This book is not only for young adults but for adults. Plot of the book is very well-developed, and she has managed to keep the suspense till the conclusion. She has mastered the art of writing and is very well-organized in her thinking. I highly recommend this book. I wish her all the best and this is just the beginning”, said Lila Poonawalla.

“Amazing to have a 13 year write a book. As a writer I can say that it’s an immensely difficult task to write a book and that too a mystery book which Saumya has written. It takes a lot of tenacity and discipline. The book has twists and turns in every chapter and the plot of the book is well thought of, and has minute details in everything. This is simply incredible. This book is a must read”, added Sunanda Mehta. 

“This novel is perfect for teenagers and young adults. This book can be enjoyed by those who enjoy suspense and mystery novels. This novel has exhilarating and exciting mysteries, threats, and suspicious events that can keep the reader on their toes”, smiles Soumya.

Soumya Jinaga has a passion for reading novels and fictional stories, especially mystery novels. She also really enjoys travelling and has travelled to several countries. She has lived in the United States for 7 years and moved back to India when she was 8 because of her father’s assignment, and is currently based in Pune. 

The 270 paged book for kindle edition is priced at Rs.99 and Paperback is priced at Rs. 199, and is available on Amazon.in, Amazon.com and APK Publishers’ website.

The book is dedicated to the real heroes – all the policemen and health care workers who lost their lives fighting Covid.

The generous young author will be donating the proceeds from the sales of the book to the Prime Minister Cares Fund for Children.