Monday, December 12, 2016

Review - Blood in the Paradise by Madhav Mahidhar




Book Name         - Blood in the Paradise 
Author                  - Madhav Mahidhar
Publisher              -  Frog Books
Number of Pages - 282
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     - 

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Rating : 3.5



My Review

Thirty two year old Madhumati,a resident of Bangalore, decides to end her pathetic life with her twin girls. The moment she consumes the poison, she confronts her husband Vikas, who rushes her to the hospital. On another part of Bangalore , an investigation is going on about stolen Potassium cyanide. Hospital authorities find out that Madhumita, along with her husband is fighting for life, her husband's chances of survival being meagre. When Vikas succumbs to the poison, Madhumita recuperates. Police get suspicious of Madhumita's intentions and start an investigation on that front. Further a cascade  of events take the readers for rollercoaster ride of suspense, mystery and violence.

The plot is intriguing and fast paced. From the beginning itself author tried to hook the readers to the suspense. The mind game is indeed well thought out and constructed. The plot is developed with finesse. Apart from the unilateral storyline, author has incorporated the external factors like media, NHRC etc. Author has made a valid point that feminism means equality of men and women, not hatred from men. Author has done a good level of research for the book. Readers will be forced to hook on to the book because of the narration. With a copy edit, the book has got all the qualities to become a bestseller.

The characters are well crafted and incite the imaginations of the readers. Other than the main characters Madhumita, Anupriya and DCP Viswaroop, minor characters are also crafted such a way that their idiosyncrasies will strike the reader's mind.

It's always good to see more dialogues in a story but too much dialogues kills the fun. The same happened in the story as well. Nevertheless the suspense is enough to hook the readers. Madhimita's diary is a major drawback in the narration. The language, unnecessary annotations and quotations affected the whole story. The climax was pretty obvious, hence there was nothing to offer for the readers. The book is like that student who does all the calculations in the working column of the answer sheet but writes the wrong answer in the main column. Author has done a great ground work, plot has been developed systematically but towards the last part lack of homework or experience, the whole suspense was spoiled.

My verdict: A Bestseller material which requires another round of copy edit.

This review is in return of a free book from Tales Pensive