The names of Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson need no formal introduction. Both of these authors have garnered rave reviews for their previous works. While Ashwin Sanghi is known for spine-chilling and riveting mysteries, James Patterson is recognized as one of the most popular thriller writers of the world. Therefore, my happiness knew no bounds when I came to know that both of these have crafted a book together titled as Private India. I instantly planned to buy this book. However, my buying of this book kept getting delayed due to both my busy schedule and glitches in my internet banking. More recently, I won this book in ‘Book Review Program’ run by Blogadda.com. This program offers you free book in exchange of an honest review. Well! Whatever happens, happens for something good. Isn’t it? I received my copy of the book four days ago. The book cover looked good and blurb written on the back cover sounded great. Lost in my excitement, I straightway started reading this book. Other books (which I was reading at that time) were kept aside for future. While the book was quite a thick one, I finished it in a couple of sittings.
Let us turn our attention to the main storyline. Private India is the story of a serial killer who is prowling on the streets of Bombay, a metropolitan city of India. Unrelated women are getting killed by strangling in a chilling ritual. Each corpse is found with strange objects which seem to be cautiously arranged with the dead body. Additionally, a yellow scarf is also found around the neck of each body. Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigating agency, is trying their best to catch this serial killer. However, it is a race against time to stop the killer striking again.
So, what is my impression of this book? This book, without any doubt, a page turner and a quick read. And, to be honest, this book has all the elements to make it a nail-biting thriller. Certainly, the book kept me hooked. That’s why I finished it in a couple of sittings. The backdrop of the story is Bombay and we get an essence of this magical city while reading the book. However, it is here where all the good points stop. I got disappointed by the ways the characters have been handled in this novel. Many of the characters could have been developed in a much better way. I would certainly have liked to know more about these characters. It appears that several opportunities delineating the psychological tensions and conflicts of major characters of this novel have been unexploited. The only character which seems to have been handled in a skilful manner was of Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, Mumbai branch. Anybody can fall for this character. While the main storyline is great, many of the sub-plots (like planning of a terrorist attack in Bombay) could have been avoided as such sub-plots add nothing to the main storyline. On the other hand, these take away the soul of the main story. It looks that such sub-plots were purely included to increase the number of pages in the book. The story could have been certainly better without these irritating sub-plots.
Overall, this is a good read and forces you to finish it as quickly as possible. So, go for it if you want to read a good nail-biting thriller because mystery alone is worth it.
(I received a free copy of this book through Blogadda.com in exchange of an honest review)