Private India : Book Review

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Title: Private India
Author: Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson
Genre: Thriller/Fiction
Price: Rs 193 (Get from Flipkart)
Number of pages: 480
Publisher: Arrow/Random House India
ISBN: 9780099586395

The Blurb:
In Mumbai seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses. For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency, it's a race against time to stop the killer striking again. In a city of over thirteen million, hed have his work cut out at the best of times but this case has him battling Mumbai's biggest ganglord and a godman who isn't all he seems and then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.

About The Author:
Ashwin Sanghi is an entrepreneur by profession but writing historical fiction is his passion and hobby. He self-published his first novel, The Rozabal Line in 2007 under his pseudonym, Shawn Haigins. It was subsequently acquired by Westland in 2009 and went on to become a national bestseller. His second novel, Chanakya's Chant remained on AC Nielsen's india Top 10 for over two years, won the Vodafone Crossword Popular Choice Award and UTV acquired movie rights. His latest thriller, The Krishna Key, was released in August 2012 and went straight to number 1 in the charts. Further information on

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James is a founding partner of Booktrust's Children's Reading Fund in the UK. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards in New York.

The Review:
There are some books which makes you forget the world and then there are some which absorbs you in another world completely. This is the second type of book which "turns the page itself" as it says on the cover. Being the creative child of two of the great thriller writers, it extracts the best of both the worlds. I finished the book in just three sittings and  trust me, I am not a compulsive reader. 

I am a fictional thriller fan, be it books or serials or movies. So, I have seen and read a lot of thriller stories and yet, it didn't bore me at all. On the contrary, this book involves you because of the familiar locations, traditions and the damaged characters. It reminded me of Dr House and The Mentalist joined together with a tinge of Sherlock. 

The writing is lucid and with short chapters, makes it more reader friendly. The story line is a tad bit old but with its own freshness. However, the "terrorist attack" angle was just dragging it more. The story could have easily ended with revealing the killer but the added part in the end was a bit of a drag for me! Twists and turns at every turn keep you hooked to the story. Also, it provides not only the detectives psychology but also the murderer's feeling and psychology at every point which I, personally, liked a lot. 

One of my favourite lines from the book:
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence
For me, its a light and fast-paced serial killing story. I would rate it 4.5 stars out of 5.

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  1. Nice Review. I liked the book too :) Probably not as much as you liked but then we all have different opinions right?

    1. Yes absolutely. That's the beauty of living in a free world! :)

  2. Dayaa.. Patalagao ki ye book padhne ke liye reviewer ne kitna time lagaya :P :P

  3. Nice review.. :)
    It was a good read. But my ratings are lesser... :P


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