Book Review

Private India (English)

Title: Private India download (2)
Authors: Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson
Publisher: Arrow Books
ISBN: 978-0-099-58639-5
Number of pages: 448
Price: 350 [INR]
Genre: Thriller

The Blurb:

In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with 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, he’d have his work cut out at the best of times, but this case has him battling Mumbai’s biggest gang lord 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 organization – along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens…

I had huge expectations when I started reading the book. Indian mystery novels are always on the “ToBeIgnored” category for me. But this one seemed interesting and I signed up for the review. The book is of 470 pages and I was happy thinking of getting glued to the book.

It was “the pages turn themselves” kind of situation as the book claims to be. But, I found the plot shabby and the motive behind the series of murders as bizzare. There were to many unwanted subplots which dragged the whole plot.

It begins with a murder, goes on to take the reader around town in Mumbai like the exotic places of Dharavi and the Parsi Tower of Silence in Malabar Hill, and ultimately tries to find a fine balance between Hindu mysticism and current issues like violence against women. I mean, why?

The book is fast-paced and relentless but fails to connect. There are avoidable grammatical errors and irksome puns. Come on, not one but two authors for the book! Consider for example, The forensic expert announces that the bodies are ready for autopsy and the author uses the metaphor “Like a baker announcing a fresh batch of bread from his oven“. I mean, seriously?

The cover of the book takes inspiration from the James Patterson’s ‘Private’ series showcasing any iconic monuments. In Private India, it’s the Taj Hotel (Mumbai) and the Gateway of India which get its place on the cover.

I was on the edge of my seat with the turn of events but with many “HardToSwallow” moments. All of Ashwin Sanghi’s books have been based on historical, theological and mythological themes,just like this one. I liked how the murders were portrayed. I have Sangi’s three other books with me unread. Fingers crossed, they should be much better. I should say, it is racy and a quick read irrespective of the no: of pages.  The font used in writing is pretty large and spaced and hence not very tiring. I wouldn’t recommend the book as must-read. It can be avoided if you may. 🙁

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