Tuesday, 5 April 2016

SURPANAKHA : Book Review

About the Book:

Educated, young, no-nonsense bearing, able administrator—these are the qualities that won Sesha the loyalties of the people after three years of rule as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. An allegation that he was the mastermind behind the murder of 73 Kannadigas threatens to bring him down but he is miraculously saved in the 11th hour.
Even before he can relish his victory, Sesha is slapped with the charge of sexually offending a young nurse. This time round, the case is strong and his supporters are uncertain. Worse, his teenage daughter calls him 'vile' and walks out of the house. While Mythili, his wife promises her full support, her secretive activities—undertaken with the help of a retired cop—is a cause of concern for Sesha.
Will Zarina, the human-rights activist, succeed in bringing him down? What about the insinuations of a celebrity lawyer that he is casteist and antiminorities? When the young nurse is found dead, the case becomes even more complex. Who is innocent? Who is guilty? And who is the mastermind?

Buy Links:

Links for downloading e-books: Amazon India | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Links for ordering paperbacks: Amazon India | Flipkart

My Review :

At first I was attracted towards this book because of its title. But, don't go y its name as it's a political thriller. I generally don't prefer political thriller, but this one is exceptional. Revenge, power and politics all wrapped in a single unit offered by Hariharan Iyer.

Let me start with plus points; all the characters are well sketched, the story moves with perfect pace and the author has strong grasp over the narration. Sesha is the minister of Tamil Nadu; he has some followers as well as opponents. Yet someone is trying to set him for a crime which he didn't commit. His character was well portrayed.

Now the minus point is the thriller part is somehow missing. After a certain point you'll be able to guess what's happening and what will happen. I'll give this 3.5 out of 5 stars. This book is recommended to all political thriller fans for its strong story-line and well etched out characters.

About the Author:

HariharanIyer is a finance professional based in Dar es Salaam. Not content with just a rewarding corporate job, he took to writing a couple of years back. He blogged on media and current affairs for a year at valadyviews.blogspot.com before hitting on the idea for this novel.An idea so powerful that it convinced the accountant in him that he could put together not just a balance sheet but an intriguing political thriller as well. He has definite views on politics, NGOs and media ethics and has tried to package them in the form of an interesting novel.

Hariharan lives with his wife in Dar es Salaam while his two sons are pursuing their ambitions in India.

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