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I am back with yet another book review and this time it’s Murder in Paharganj written by Kulpreet Yadav.
This would be first time I am posting such a short review. My health haven’t been co-operating with me from the past few days. I was running a temperature and that stuffy nose was an add-on. So, I am going to keep this review short and won’t discuss about the plot extensively.
Well, for once, you would be saved from my lengthy reviews. :p
Without wasting any time, I’ll get down to the details.
Book Title: Murder in Paharganj
Author: Kulpreet Yadav
Total Number of Pages: 278
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Publication Date: 10 October 2017
On a cold December morning, a white woman is found murdered in a cheap hotel in Paharganj, New Delhi.
Vicks Menon, an out-of-work journalist, is tipped off by the hotel’s receptionist and is the first to arrive at the crime scene, where he discovers a lead. It’s the bus ticket used by the dead woman two days earlier. But Vicks is battling personal trouble. He has no money, an alcohol problem, and a nearly broken relationship with Tonya, his estranged live-in partner, a clinical psychologist who specializes in profiling hardened criminals.
Moving in and out of the shadows, Vicks pushes his investigation harder as it takes him from Udaipur to Bangkok. On his side, for resources, he has a nameless intelligence operative, and to read minds, a lover who is beginning to trust him again. But above all, his instinct to stay inches ahead of death will be the key to his survival.
If Vicks lives, this is one story that will change his life forever.
REVIEW BY SOHINEE DEY
The book opens with the murder of a white woman who was staying at a cheap hotel and Vicks Menon who happens to be an out-of-work journalist dives headfirst into the murder scene even before the police are alerted of the case.
Vicks Menon was seeking for an opportunity to prove to his boss that he had made a very big mistake by firing him from his job. This case seems to be a perfect chance to get back in action.
Vicks has problems of his own and as the story progresses, he gets tangled in the murder scene where he discovers more secrets which links to association with dirty politics coupled with revenge, fraudulent activities and treacherous people behind-the-scenes.
His character is shown to be an alcoholic but he is trying hard to give up alcohol and had abstained from getting those spirits in his veins from the day his live-in partner, Tonya walked away from him. Well, it was not just that, in his alcohol-induced state, he had spited some rude words at Tonya which ultimately led her to walk away from him. Both of them are shown to be still in love. Tonya, is shown to be a clinical psychologist who specialises in criminal profiling.
As the plotline advances, many new characters are introduced who makes their own contribution and the investigation reaches an international level. Vicks Menon is on the verge of a life and death situation. If he survives the investigation or not and what new tricks he pulls out of his hat to reach the killer is for you to find.
Overall, the story is good but it didn’t have the thrilling impact on me as it promised. Vicks’ character seemed to be very unorganized and unprofessional with his dealings of the situations. His character needed more development. The plotline lacked that mysterious suspenseful vibe which I was seeking for. It felt more of a “cat and mouse game” rather than a plot where the author leaves hints for the reader so that he/she gets confused as to who the actual culprit is or acts like puzzle pieces which ultimately forms the final piece. But here, the author was already solving the puzzle for the reader.
The introductory chapters were actually really interesting but then gradually, the plotline was losing its focus from the main story and in the end, it felt that the author somehow needed to end it. The ending was rushed and abrupt, at least for me, it was.
If you are okay with spy novels, you’ll be good with this too. Just know what you are getting yourself into so that your expectations aren’t crushed in the end as it happened with me.
Poesy In Chrysalis Rating: ⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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