Short. Fast-paced. High impact entertainment. The description of the book, or the BookShots series of James Patterson quite appealed to me. A short thriller is always interesting if done well.
If you put two brilliant authors together, does the book become doubly brilliant? I hadn’t read my co-authored books before, and when a chance came to read such a book, I jumped at it. Private India is written by Ashwin Sanghi (author of The Rozabal Line) and James Patterson (of Alex Cross series fame). Two good authors, writing a book in the genre I love the most, crime thriller fiction. Continue reading “Book Review: Private India, by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi”
About the author:
James Patterson is an American author of thriller novels best known for his series on the fictional psychologist Alex Cross.
My thoughts on the book:
Even when a book is your first of a particular author, if that particular author is a very famous one, there comes along a certain expectation from the book. When I got this book to read, I had an expectation of the book to be a damn good thriller.
We begin with Alex Cross busting two guys, Elijah Creem and Josh Bergman, and in the process, outing them and bringing them into disrepute. The plot then revolves around the two of them seeking retribution, by beginning to kill, and kill at random, however leaving distinct signatures on their victims.
Alex Cross is called to investigate on the first three victims of Creem and Bergman’s killing spree. In the meantime, he’s having problems at home, with his foster child Ava not settling in. Unknown to him, he’s also being stalked by another person who wants to make Cross’ life miserable, and finally end it.
With the “who” and “how” parts of the crime already obvious in the plot, the story depends largely on the “why”. The characters sync with each other, and the personal aspect of Cross’ family life also seems very believable, that such incidents could very well have happened in any other criminologist’s real life.
Even with the story dependent largely on the “why”, the thrill factor is quite good. Like the back cover says, “The pages turn themselves”, it flows quite well, and you don’t feel any drag factor whatsoever. I never felt like putting the book down, and finished it quite quickly.
Some parts seem to be left unsolved still. Not sure whether it’s a ploy to continue on to the next novel in the series, but it felt odd to me. These parts though, don’t stand out obviously unless you are looking at it too closely.
A real page turner, with nothing much holding it back other than just minute details that may or may not mean much on a larger perspective.
Title: Alex Cross, Run
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Mystery/Crime Thriller
Publishers: Arrow Books
Price: Rs. 350
(March 5th, 2013)