Book Review: The Curse of Mohenjo Daro, by Maha Khan Phillips

I love to read thrillers, and have grown up reading a few of the best writers in the genre. Historical fiction hasn’t been one of my favorites though. This book is a mix of both, so I wondered if it’d be amazing when I started to read.

The Curse of Mohenjodaro brings the story in two timelines, the historical and the present. The former narrates the story of Jaya, how her life changes when she is chosen to be a Goddess-Blessed in Meluhha (Mohenjodaro), and how she can ask to see anything in the future, one of the true seers. The politics there is seen too, but it’s Jaya’s story that is the focus.

In the present day timeline, a group of archaeologists at a dig in Pakistan finds an artifact from the Mohenjodaro era, but before anything can really be known about it, they are gruesomely killed. The way they die is a mystery, and Layla is the chief suspect. Nadia, her sister, determined to prove Layla’s innocence goes to Pakistan. Nadia has dreams about Jaya, whose story is told in the other angle.

When two genres are combined, there’s always a chance that they work against each other. I felt that to be somewhat true in this case. The current day action is quite fast and exciting. The historical part takes time to get into the essence of Jaya’s story. Because the timelines alternate between chapters, the detailing of the historical part kind of slowed down the pace in the thriller part.

The characters are quite well developed. The characters that are in the spotlight are Nadia and Jaya, and after a while, there are similarities seen between the character sketches. It makes sense, after the climax. From the secondary characters, I liked Liam’s character a lot. The tension that exists between Nadia and her grandmother was also well portrayed.

While the pace of the historical part of the novel felt a bit heavy for my liking, I feel that it still does have enough oomph in it to be successful. Overall, the storyline was engaging and kept the pages turning. This is a book that I enjoyed reading, and would read again. I hope to read more of the author’s work in the future.


A Score Of 9 Out Of 10
Book Details
Title: The Curse of Mohenjo Daro
Author(s): Maha Khan Phillips Genre: Thriller
ISBN/ASIN: 9789382616825 Publisher: Pan MacMillan India

No payment was taken for this review. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.


(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
24th February 2017)

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