Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Private India

                                               "It's the season for murder in Mumbai"

                                                          Author: Ashwin Sanghi

                                                          Published By: Random House

                                                          ISBN: 978-0099-586-39-5

About The Author(s):

Ashwin Sanghi is an entrepreneur by profession but writing historical fiction is his passion and hobby. He self-published his first novel, The Rozabal Line in 2007 under his pseudonym, Shawn Haigins. It was subsequently acquired by Westland in 2009 and went on to become a national bestseller. His second novel, Chanakya's Chant remained on AC Nielsen's india Top 10 for over two years, won the Vodafone Crossword Popular Choice Award and UTV acquired movie rights. His latest thriller, The Krishna Key, was released in August 2012 and went straight to number 1 in the charts. 

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James is a founding partner of Booktrust's Children's Reading Fund in the UK. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards in New York.

Book Blurb:

In Mumbai seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.

For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency, it's a race against time to stop the killer striking again. In a city of over thirteen million, hed have his work cut out at the best of times but this case has him battling Mumbai's biggest ganglord and a godman who isn't all he seems and then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India.

Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.

My Review:

As we all know, ‘Ashwin Sanghi’ is referred as ‘Dan Brown’ of India and when he comes with a book co-authored by the great ‘James Patterson’, it has to be awesome.

The story starts up with a prologue narrating about the bomb blasts in Mumbai which killed hundred of peoples. So the first thought that will captivate your mind would be, ‘this story must be something about the terrorists attack’. But when you turn the next page you will find an entire different plot. Though the terrorist attack is a side plot to this book, its actual plot speaks about a serial killer who is on a killing spree.

So when a Thai surgeon was found dead in a hotel, Private India (Mumbai’s branch of the world’s finest investigation agency) under the leadership of Santosh Wagh gets the charge to investigate the murder. He along with his team mate, Nisha, Mubeen and Hari arrives at the murder place and starts their searching.
But that’s not where the story ends. While they are on their 1st investigation, they heard about another murder followed by a series of murder. All the murders were connected; as the victims were strangled to death by a yellow dyed scarf. They had another thing in common; all were woman.

So who’s the murderer ?? Why is he or she killing everyone ?? Does he/she has any reason ?? Well to know the entire story you do need to read the book. If I disclose everything here, the book will lose all its beauty and that would certainly be unfair to the Authors.

All the chapters are of 2-3 pages which makes the book an easy read. I bet you, you will crave to know who the real murderer is. The Author has beautifully maintained the suspense till the very last.

Likings: Easy fast-paced story, Beautiful way of writing keeping the suspense intact till the very last, small chapters makes the book easier to read.

Disliking: Have quite resemblance to Ashwin’s previous book ‘The Krishna Key’, serial killing in both and Lord Krishna being replaced by Goddess Durga.

My Rating: 4.5/5
(In India, such Authors and such books are hard to find. If you love reading book which gives goosebumps, then this is the one you shouldn't miss)

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