SALVATION OF A SAINT -BOOK REVIEW

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Title      : Salvation of a Saint

Author     : Keigo Higashino

Genre      : Fiction, Suspense Thriller 

Publisher : Little Brown Book Group

Binding   : Paperback

Pages      : 384

Price       :Rs. 350 (buy from flipkart in Rs. 214 (39% off))

Murder mysteries,Crime thrillers ,Investigative reads – Aah!! For me, too hard to pick such books  .

Internationally acclaimed, award winning , Japanese author of the multi million copy bestseller THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X ,the title of the book and the blurb was an exceptional blend to stimulate me to flip through the pages of KEIGO HIGASHINO’s SALVATION OF A SAINT which undoubtedly had me beguiled right from the start to the end.

A classic murder mystery adorned with well constructed plot of suspense,few amazing twists and turns,riddles inside enigmas along with a bizarre murder technique .The murderer was introduced in the very first chapter and the story took pace turning through the pages leaving behind the major clue that death happened due to poison .

Yoshitaka,the president of an IT company,a typical male chauvinist, highly egoistic was running his marriage as per his declared terms and conditions ,which became null and void with sips of arsenic laced coffee.The prime suspect was his wife Ayane,a patchwork quilter whom he was cheating on just because she could not reproduce  even after one year of their marriage.Who else could be ?

WHODUNIT ? Who was the killer? Was it a combined conspiracy or Was she Hiromi ,an apprentice quilter of Ayane  whom  Yoshitaka has taken as a  mistress and she was the only person present when he died.

The team of detective Kusanagi churned their gray matter applying scientific theories one of which was the theory of elimination to finally reach the truth. The degree of complexity became higher when it was found that Ayane was physically thousands of miles away when this murder took place .

Detective Galileo ,an old friend of Kusangai was called to unravel this mystery .He racked his brain with all sorts of observations , interrogations , theories, possibilities and what not .. Apart from WHODUNIT, an  irksome question was HOWDUNIT?

A perfect murder it was .The tricks and tactics used to prepare the blueprint of murder which answers  the question HOWDUNIT was far more interesting than the flat simple answer of WHODUNIT.

The difficult part in the book –

1.To get acquainted with the characters easily as they had Japanese names and I had quite a tough time to recall and connect with them.

2.Initially the story  paced up but in between somewhere it fell flat and I had to manage somehow to maintain the interest.

Smooth narration.Language being simple and gripping.The writer has a unique and refreshing style .Out and out a decent thriller and if your gray matter chuckles around the murder mysteries then it’s a compulsive read for you.Enjoyable and fun read.

Ratings : 8/10

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in Osaka, he started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. (Presently DENSO). He won the Edogawa Rampo Award, which is awarded annually to the unpublished finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel Hōkago (After School) at age 27. Subsequently, he quit his job and started a career as a writer in Tokyo.

In 1999, he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for the novel Naoko, which was translated into English by Kerim Yasar and published by Vertical Inc. in 2004. In 2006, he won the 134thNaoki Prize for The Devotion of Suspect X . His novels had been nominated five times before winning the award. The novel also won the 6th Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize and was ranked as the number-one novel by Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! 2006 and 2006 Honkaku Mystery Best 10, annual mystery fiction guide books published in Japan.

The English translation of The Devotion of Suspect X was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel.

He writes not only mystery novels but also essays and story books for children. The style of writing differs from his novels, but basically he does not use as many characters as in his novels.

Last but not the least a big round of applause for  both Alexander O Smith and Elye J for  brilliantly translating this masterpiece from Japanese.

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TANTRA BY ADI-BOOK REVIEW

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Title : Tantra
Author : Adi
Publisher : Apeejay Stya Publishing
 Genre Fiction Thriller
Year : 2013

ISBN-10 : 8190863622
Pages : 344
Price : Rs. 195

Fiction Thriller ,Vampires ,Indian Author  !! Doesn’t the combo of all three sounds a bit offbeat , this being the only reason for me to grab this book.

THE BOOK COVER  – the blue color here is depicting the city to be in deep sleep  oblivious of the bloodsuckers risky business.The huntress on the cover holding two blood stained knives in a leather outfit , seems to be have trained legally for this job .The cover ,though ,doesn’t have much appeal, still  the reader is drawn towards  to pick it up  .

STORYLINE

Anu ,the protagonist is a trained Guardian(Vampire huntress) in New York .To Unravel the mystery  of her boyfriend, Brian’s murder ,compelled her to take a job transfer to Delhi.And now there were myriad threats exposed to face,right from change in environment,change of colleagues, to the change in the techniques on duty..The moods and behavioural pattern of Delhi vampires were typically different from those of New York.Her actual mission took a back league in front of the murder series involving innocent children ,which when investigated revealed a very different pattern of slaying ,based on tantric powers.Her biggest challenge now was to battle against that  Tantric -Baba Senaka,who sacrifices the humans to increase his powers.Now What will Anu do ? How  will she sharpen her weapon to fight against the Tantra ?

On the other hand Anu’s pure desi aunt is also on a hunt .She is busy finding a suitable match for Anu whereas Anu is miffed to be a part of this social drama of wedlock.The episodes of dekhan dikhai brings smiles and chuckles in between and takes the reader on a lighter note.Her personal life turns a new leaf  when Gaurav is introduced.Who is he? How does he play an important role in her life? To find the answers you will have to add this book in your kart.

POSITIVES

The thought of a  strong  female protagonist is quite refreshing.The narration is lucid  and keeps you tucked in.The language has a simplistic charm .The humoristic touch in between the lines  is another add on.The description of Sattvic and tantric energies has fine detailings which leaves a positive remark for the author to be a dedicated researcher.

NEGATIVES

The reader is in dilemma at times with lots of open ended questions. How was  the life of Anu in New York ? How she stood out to be one of the best guardians there? What does the author exactly means by  “shifts “? With such questions the readers  are left with their own interpretations.Some complexities in between and somewhere somehow the connection is lost at times and the reader feels to have a bumpy ride. Even With these few bounces the author has been able to make the read enjoyable and little engrossing.

The newbies for this genre, like me will have a tough time to turn the pages initially but if you are able to do so, it leaves you enthralling at the end.

The sequel of this book,  is for sure , being cooked up in the author’s mind.

Out and out a fun read with a nice blend of adventure, suspense, fortitude and wit . .Surely not to be missed to taste something new and refreshing this weekend Ratings   7/10

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