“Money was needed even to rob some money.” – Suraj Laxminarayanan
This week’s read is Elephants in The Room by Suraj Laxminarayanan, a crime-thriller that is definitely worth a read.
Here is what I thought…
A ragtag group of friends are planning a bank heist to end their cash crunch. Novices to crime, they are driven more by emotions than skill – their plan seems fool proof, or so they think.
In another part of the city, a gang of seasoned dacoits has botched up a job and now owes money to the local crime lord. They have to either pay up or pay for it with their lives – and time is running out…
In a bizarre twist of fate, both these groups are brought face-to-face. Trapped in a situation beyond the realm of their planning and experience, they must think on their feet, form quick alliances and rally behind an unlikely leader.
Set against the backdrop of Chennai, where men sing gaana songs in kuppams (fishing hamlets) nestled against swanky glass-fronted buildings and life-size cut-outs of film stars and politicians, a story of love, greed, friendship, fate and the absurdity of the human condition unfolds.
The title has a tinge of comic sense to it which makes any reader want to pick it up right away. It is satirical and deep, adding to the story brilliantly. It complements the theme well. The author did a great job in picking out a title for this book.
Title Rating – 5 / 5
The cover, though muted and dull upon first glance, adds a lot of depth and intensity to what the book is trying to portray. While the image chosen is catchy, the colour scheme is slightly bland.
Cover Rating – 3 / 5
“He rested on the bed all day and all night, almost better off dead than alive.” – Suraj Laxminarayanan
As I started reading this book, I was wondering how the author would manage to create a lighthearted read from such a thrilling topic. The blend of humour into a crime filled plot line has been done brilliantly. This is one of the strongest points of the book.
“He shuddered in his seat, almost cowering as though a rain of glass showered over him.” – Suraj Laxminarayanan
The language is fluent and simple to understand. The narration is in third person which I found quite apt given the plot of the novel. The dialogue oriented script adds to how engaging the story is.
“Was this fake or or was it pure madness?” – Suraj Laxminarayanan
It is a highly enjoyable read, with in-depth descriptions and beautiful explanations. The author did a fantastic job in managing the flow from start to end.
Plot Rating – 4 / 5
- The Narrative
- The Minute Descriptions
- The Climax
- More one-liners and twists in the writing style
- A Crisp Blurb
Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5
Verdict: Worth A Read!
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