8 Hours by Upendra Namburi is a time-based corporate thriller. As the title of the book suggests the book tells us about the events that happen within a period of eight hours. The title and the blurb of the book create an atmosphere of excitement in your mind if you love reading time-based thriller. The cover is also awesome. However, sadly, those are the only things that are exciting in this book. While the author has worked hard and tried his best to make this book as interesting as possible, you will not be able to enjoy the book until you have a clear understanding of the technicalities related to the corporate world. I am not saying that the book is a tough read. You will be able to follow the events described in the book. However, you will not be able to appreciate this reading journey unless you understand the mechanics of the business world.
The book revolves around a huge deal related to an organisation called ARYA. This organisation is on the verge of bankruptcy and Aratrika, the charismatic executive director of this organisation and the central lead of this novel, is trying her best to save her company. However, it is not an easy job and she has only a few hours to save her company from bankruptcy. A number of people, including her husband and uncle, are plotting a hostile takeover. Peter, her old love, is also pulling the strings. Over a period of eight hours, Aratrika has to not only save her company but also fight the past demons of her life. This is a fight that Aratrika does not want to lose. Will she be successful? Read the book to know about that.
The book has a good number of characters. While some of these characters have been given enough space, some were not so lucky. These unlucky ones also deserved more space, I think. Overall, all of these characters are interesting and play a vital role in moving the story ahead. The character that impressed me most was of Aratrika and I really liked the way she has been portrayed in the book. Her inner conflicts have come out beautifully in the book. The pace of the plot is slow except in the last 60 pages where it moves really fast. The language is lucid and the book is rich in dialogues, and, in fact, some of the dialogues have been written really well.
I have no problem with corporate thrillers. However, the author needs to make sure that the book is thrilling in the real sense. No corporate thriller will survive if the author fails to inject the element of thrill in the novel. Readers do not want to read pages upon pages of economic statistics and financial charts. They simply want to enjoy a well-written thrilling story. On top of that, the author needs to write in such a way that the readers have a clear understanding of the world the author is taking them into. The book under review could have been a brilliantly written corporate thriller if the author would have taken these things into account. While the people who have a good understanding of the corporate world might enjoy this book, the other readers may find it mind-numbing.
I will recommend this book to only those people who know the technical know-how of the corporate world and love to read thrillers based on these subjects.