Private India [Book Review]

I am always in love for mysteries. Either its movies, tele-series or books. Thanks to Blogadda for sending me Private India. I had read a brief about it on the internet and was waiting for it to reach me so that I can enjoy reading the thriller.


Title: Private India

Author: Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson

Publisher: Arrow Books

Price: Rs 350

ISBN: 978-0-099-58639-5

Pages: 470

About Authors:

Ashwin Sanghi is an Indian writer in the thriller fiction genre. He is the author of three best-selling novels: The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key. All his books have been based on historical, theological and mythological theme. He is one of India’s best-selling conspiracy fiction writers and is an author of the new era of retelling Indian history or mythology in a contemporary context. Forbes India has included him in their Forbes India Celebrity 100.

James B. Patterson is an American author known for his novels about fictional psychologist Alex Cross, the protagonist of the Alex Cross series. Patterson also wrote the Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch and Wizard series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels. His books have sold more than 300 million copies.

In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.

When Santosh Wagh isn’t struggling out of a bottle of whisky he’s head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest Private India’s agency.

In a city of over thirteen million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women – seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes.

And then he discovers that there may be even a greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organization – along with  thousands of innocent Mumbai Citizens.

This is for the first time, I am reading Ashwin Sanghi’s book. Prior to this, I had heard quite a lot about the thrilling mysteries in his novels. Same is the case in terms of James Patterson’s novels.

The story begins with the murder of a woman in a room at Marine Bay Plaza. The woman was murdered with a yellow scarf and some trinkets attached to her. To handle this murder mystery, Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency was called up. Heading the Mumbai branch was Santosh Wagh. This murder seemed to be a random one as the victim was a  from Thailand who traveled to India.

Once, the team Private India started investigating the case, soon a set of murders started to happen in Mumbai. Each of the murder scene had yellow scarf and the set of trinkets around the body which is left by the murderer. These trinkets were left to signify or convey a message. These murders were not random but a set of planned murders with a precise motive from the serial killer.

The victims were doctors, actors,  and people in respected jobs. These murders also happened during the festive season – Navrathri. The murders and the festive season seemed to have had a connection.

When Private India’s team started to investigate, they came across with lots of suspects from Police personnel to politicians to the Private’s head – Jack Morgan to the Private India’s agents and to the Mumbai Underworld. ISI and terrorist organization also comes into the picture along with the murders.

Each character in the novel is introduced with a brief backstory. I failed to understand this in the beginning but got the grab at the latter half of the book. The locations or gadgets used are given enough description so that the readers can imagine what the author is willing to convey.

I just enjoyed the way, the suspense was maintained till the end. I just kept on guessing who might be the killer and every chapter I covered, I started guessing a new character as a suspect. The book accompanied me over the two days of hectic travel and finished reading it fully.

The scenes sometimes changed with every chapter to depict the activities happening together or to relate the scenes together. However, it happened just too much for me (I am not contradicting myself here.) Some scenes go back in time and come back to the current which managed to confuse me a bit.

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I would rate the novel 3 out of 5.

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