Birth of a Duo is a short but good read for those interested in crime fiction, detective stories and plots surrounding private investigators. There is a good balance of all things put together. Nothing has been taken overboard. It is this balance that keeps things together in a fast-paced and edgy story.
One of Us is Lying is a book that makes good use of a tight-knit plot, an awesome string of complex characters, racy narration, easy to understand language, and an overbearing sense of mystery to bring to us a book that is excessively high on entertainment.
Verity by Colleen Hoover is a haunting psychological thriller that explores the darkest and the murkiest depths of a human mind. Expect a fast-paced book that is mysterious, borderline spooky, sinister and scandalous. Also, expect a book that has just the right dose of forbidden romance in it.
Ravi Dabral’s Greed Lust Addiction is a book that is more like a self-help book doling out life mantras than a crime fiction with a mysterious and dramatic bend. Expect a book that has some lessons to teach on almost all aspects of a person’s life – be it personal, professional, political, social, environmental etc.
Catchy yet spine chilling, as the blood splattered on the cover photo denotes, the short stories of promising writer Biswajit Patnaik in his collection of four crime thrillers are titled The Hidden Truth. It is a collection of 4 short stories. The plots are highly thrilling and engrossing.
Heart of the Tiger follows the story of Ella, a brave, resolute, young woman in her struggles and sacrifices to save Oakwoods, an ancestral legacy. This bequest has a precious place in her heart, the heart which will roar like a tiger if any foe dare to harm it.
Kala Ghoda: The Game Begins had a fast-paced narration as events unfolded one after the other, ending with a drastic change in the hierarchy. I liked the overall performance in the book and believe that readers interested in similar premise may read this thriller and enjoy what the author has to offer.
A fast-paced noir murder mystery with dark humour that builds on the secrecies of the Mumbai underworld and an accidental hero, Living Hell is at times bafflingly exotic beyond words. Vivaan Shah has an eye for detail like none other.
Empty Wallet has a pleasant story, however, the blurb did promise a lot but not much was achieved throughout the book. There was no insufficiency of drama but I couldn’t catch on the blurb’s promise of a corporate thriller. It felt more or less like a corporate drama I have heard or read earlier.
Magic Square has elements of various genres in subtle doses. It has a little drama, a mildly exciting mystery, a life-changing journey, a sombre dose of romance and friendship. No melodrama, no playing it up – just a simple and entertaining story. The book is a short story. Just over 60 pages, it can technically be classified as a novella.
Falling in Vengeance is basically a short story that spans just 26 pages. It is a crime fiction but it has a surprise element that is quite uncommon in your regular murder mysteries. Expect a simple read that can be easily read in less than an hour.
Elephants in the Room by Suraj Laxminarayanan is about a naïve bunch of ragtag men and their amateurly planned bank robbery gone wrong. The book is massive. It is just short of 600 pages and that’s a lot to overwhelm any reader but let that not deter you from giving this book a chance.