Friday, 14 October 2016

Book Review: A Murder in Gurgaon by Manish Dubey {Kindle Unlimited}

Book: A Murder in Gurgaon

Author: Manish Dubey

Pages: 192

Read on: Kindle (via my Kindle Unlimited subscription)

Read in: 2-3 hours

Plot Summary: Gurgaon. December 2014. A young event manager, an ex-cop's son, is murdered. Inspector Singh vows justice. 

There is little to begin with, and frustration mounts when the initial suspect - a reclusive woman with a mysterious past - is found missing. Digging deeper, Singh uncovers a sordid tale of adultery, blackmail and revenge, only to find himself staring at a conspiracy unlike any he has seen. 

There are deceits, little and big, to decode; the predator and victim are indistinguishable; his witnesses could be misleading; his closest ally may not be an ally at all. Will Singh succeed? Or has the sick, wily mind behind the crime always been a few steps ahead? 

Things I Liked:

1. First of all, one of the best things about Kindle Unlimited is the exposure that it offers you to new (to you) authors. I had never heard of Manish Dubey or his book and when it came up as a recommendation, I liked the premise and had it sent over to my Kindle. 

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2. This is a very interesting little book. It presents a very different sort of a crime and an interesting red herring. Will not say anything more as that would totally spoil the book! The author does a great job of leaving some breadcrumbs and makes who the killer is not-very-obvious! 

3. The crime solvers in this book are also unexpected and very different from the stylish and stylised crime solvers one typically sees in crime books. There is Ajai Singh, of course, a regular cop.. no super cop.. and that's what is so great about this book.. that you have a very atypical "hero", who does get the job done. Helping him is the unassuming retired police inspector- Hari Dixit, the victim's father- who actually finds some critical clues that pushes the investigation much further than it was at that point. 

4. The actual motive behind the crime becomes apparent and that does, to a large extent, help you figure out the twist, but that's okay to look past because it happens fairly late in the book.

5. At 192 pages, this book is a terse and quick read and the writing is competent. So, win-win! 

Rating: 4/5 
Pick up this book for a quick read, you won't be disappointed. 

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