Monday, November 24, 2014

#97 : Delhi at Dark by Ram Vignesh : A Review


BOOK TITLE: Delhi At Dark

ISBN: 9789383562251

AUTHOR: Ram Vignesh

GENRE: Fiction – Thriller


FORMAT: Paperback


REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Goodreads giveaway program

SUMMARY : A moonlight killer abducts women, kills them, and leaves their corpse at his next abduction site. His killing spree brings two daring detectives together, Jay Mithra and Asra Khan. His queer methods, ciphered cartoon names, and unsystematic choice of victims demand the best crime scene investigator, Amar Rathore. These three childhood friends work on the case with meddlesome media and bureaucratic superiors repelling them. Their hunt unravels dark secrets, obsessed policemen and more dead people. Can they stop the self-improvising villain, who haunts Delhi at dark?

Gruesome murder and kidnapping – Just seems like the kind of book that I would read. Astonishingly it took me ages to finish this book in spite of the book belonging to one of my favourite genre. Of course I used to have a rather packed schedule when I reading this book. This book was supposed to be that perfect distraction that I needed, somehow the book quite didn’t manage to accomplish that.  

The plot was not really air right. It had its share of loop holes. Given that the writer isn’t exactly a pro, plot loopholes can be overlooked as they were minor (I don’t want to go about mentioning it considering that I might have to give away the plot ).

The characters were shallow. Normally, a mystery set up offers a wide scope to play with characterization. Often mystery writers tend to experiment with the antagonist of the book. Unfortunately, our writer decided to play mellow when it came to the antagonist. Though he kept that suspense element alive till the end, the “end” seemed rather abrupt for me. In sense, the killer on loose didn’t really have a deep characterization.

The writing lacked the finesse that is required by plot with a gory murder scene to send a chill down the spine.  The victims were portrayed nothing short of objects. More importantly, the motivation to kill – Our antagonist wasn’t really convincing with his motives. However the writing was clean in terms of language and sentences.

In short, the book isn’t what the summary promises.

VERDICT: Can be Missed

RATING: 3 on 5 (Only and only for the efforts and language)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ram Vignesh is an Indian writer. He got published at an age of twenty(20), which made him one of the youngest Indian writers. His genres ranges from romance fictions to psychological thrillers. 

He was born in Madurai, where he did his schooling. He moved on to do his engineering in Chennai. He is currently working for Infosys.

‘The Book’ was his debut novel. It was published by Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd in the year 2012. His second novel is a psychological thriller titled "Delhi at Dark", published in the year 2013 by the same publishing house. He has started writing his third novel, which will be a sports drama.

PRICE: Rs.180 (Paperback)


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse

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