BOOK REVIEW: ‘RACE COURSE ROAD’ BY SEEMA GOSWAMI

Book Title: Race Course Road

Author: Seema Goswami

Total Number of Pages: 294

Publisher: Aleph Book Company

Publication Date: 20 Feb 2018

Format: Hardcover

Language: English

Genre: Political Thriller

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Set largely in the Prime Minister’s official residence, the Race Course Road complex, Race Course Road revolves around the aftermath of the assassination of a sitting Prime Minister and the battle for succession that ensues within his family, with the elder son and heir, Karan Pratap Singh, trying to fight off the challenge presented by his charismatic half-sister, Asha Devi.
As the search for the murderer continues, sex scandals surface, revelations about dodgy arms deals rock India and rival TV anchors shout and spar even as the country undertakes one of its most bitterly-contested general elections ever.
Who will get to live in Race Course Road once the votes have been counted? Who will get to rule India for the next five years? Who will be the new Prime Minister of India? Read the ultimate insider’s political thriller to find out.

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REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY

When it comes to thrillers, very few books have a plot based on political or social issues. Seema Goswami’s Race Course Road would be second political thriller that I read till now. The backdrop of the book is set in Delhi and the plot revolves around finding the person responsible for the assassination of the sitting Prime Minister. The story begins with the Prime Minister, Birendra Pratap Singh presenting his speech before the crowd at a political rally. Everything went well but then who would have known that he would never return home? His death unfolds several mysteries and behind-the-scenes secrets are exposed. But the question remains : who killed the Prime Minister and why?


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Race Course Road

After the assassination, most of the story is dealt with at the Prime Minister’s residence. With his father’s sudden demise, the eldest son of Birendra Pratap Singh, Karan Pratap Singh tries to gain sympathy from his father’s followers and fans. With the death of the Prime Minister, the country robbed off its decision maker, comes another question, that is, who will rule the country for the next 5 years? Birendra Pratap Singh was a well-respected leader and if the country will receive a Prime Minister who can match with his skills is an important decision to make.

While Karan Pratap Singh tries to win sympathy votes, the opposition party tries to rile them up by bringing up secrets and woos the media with false news. Many secrets surface—sex scandals are exposed, rival TV anchors overruns media with news they seem fit to bring them down, corruption and other political issues are highlighted.

Each chapter reveals a new sub-plot with characters wound up in crimes and corruption. There’s no relaxing when it come to reading this book. You would never know what the author throws at you next. The sub-plots give the plot a new direction and often overshadows the actual plot, that is, who killed the Prime Minister. This was definitely a known move on the author’s side because once you get immersed in these crimes and corruption scenes, temporarily you forget about the actual plot and that gives the author a chance to bring in new characters and confuse you.

The pace of the book isn’t too fast. I was quite surprised to find that but once I got used to the pace, I started enjoying it. Seema Goswami mixed facts and figures with fiction. While some facts and figures used in this book are true, like the whole residence set-up; the news channels often flashes news of murders, corruption and sex scandals : so inclusion of these concepts also stands true to the present condition of our country; the way Birendra Pratap Singh is killed is fictitious and the scenes where corruption and scandals are dealt with, they are also fictitious.

The narration of the book is really good. The language even though it’s simple, the sentence structuring is professional (I am running out of words these days). Seema Goswami herself is a journalist and she has provided us with an insight on what it truly looks like behind the scene of the political ordeals. So, I noticed an interesting thing. I don’t know if it’s true or I am just being delusional but at times I felt the characters resonated with our real life party leaders and famous media persons. I won’t name any person but yes, I did feel the author hinted towards the actual people through her characters. That was a new thing I experienced while reading this thriller.

Now for the part which I wasn’t really happy with would be paragraph spacing. There’s no space between the paragraphs and also there aren’t many dialogues, at least not at the beginning. So while reading, it started to feel a bit monotonous, as if I was reading an article or an essay. Some of the scenes, I felt were elaborated a bit too much. As for the characters, for me, they lacked expression. There weren’t many facial expressions or gestures which made them look flat. They were delivering the dialogues but they weren’t expressing them.

MY FINAL VERDICT

Most people love to read thrillers. So, there are chances that this one will also spike your interest. As for me, yes I did like it but also as I have mentioned earlier I wasn’t happy about some parts.

This isn’t a very lengthy read, but it can sound monotonous after a while. My suggestion would be to not try to finish it in one sitting.

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RATINGS:

Book Cover: ⭐⭐⭐.8

Book Title: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Plotline: ⭐⭐⭐.8

Sub-Plots: ⭐⭐⭐.5

Characters: ⭐⭐⭐

Narration: ⭐⭐⭐.8

Language and Vocabulary: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Grammar and Punctuation: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING : ⭐⭐⭐.5 / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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2 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: ‘RACE COURSE ROAD’ BY SEEMA GOSWAMI

  1. I love thrillers and usually like what Seema writes so I’m going to head over to a bookstore and get hold of this one.

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    1. Yes, then you should read this one too! Hope you enjoy reading the book 😊

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