I am not a suspense thriller enthusiast, as such. Reading for me should ideally be relaxing and help me unwind, especially in this phase of my life with two kids when ‘Excitement! thou name is life’ defines me. Yet, once in a while, when I am too full of all the romance and drama in the air, I feel like taking a break and find retreat in a different genre. That led me to read three suspense thrillers, umm…. to be specific ‘Detective’ novels this year! And the best part is that they are all by Indian authors. So here’s talking about Sharmishtha Shenoy and her first book from the ‘Vikram Rana’ detective series.
Book Review – Vikram Rana Investigates by Sharmishtha Shenoy
This is the first book in the ‘Vikram Rana’ series, yet Sharmishtha Shenoy, wastes no time in building up neither her protagonist ‘Vikram Rana’ or other case specific characters. They evolve along with the plot, which I think is a big success for the author. The reader gets to know the characters, rather than being told about them. A big heads up on this writing style.
I liked the way how, simple and routine incidents have been incorporated to depict how the life of a detective, who also wears multiple hats of a friend, husband and a former police officer goes on.
Another most important aspect for success of a detective story is the ability to keep the suspense going. Until almost the climax, I had my own analysis of the facts and incidents being presented and came up with my theory of who the culprit could be. But boy! Was I bowled over? So here again a big thumbs up to the author.
The language is simple and did not actually require me to hit my head hard to understand wht was going on. For someone like me, who doesn’t have too much patience with suspense, it was a good thing, because I kept moving ahead at a fast pace.
May be…. I mean just may be more dimensions could be added to make the plot multi-layered and keep the success going a little longer. No that’s not for me! That’s for the more seasoned suspense genre readers who would then appreciate the author’s labor with equal fervor.
But yes, I am definitely looking to find some time and squeeze in Sharmishtha Shenoy’s other titles in the ‘Vikram Rana’ series.
Read the Book Review for Suspense Thriller ‘Deal of Death’ by Sonia Chatterjee here