Book Review: Surface by Siddhartha Deb

Near the end, one of the characters in Siddhartha Deb’s Surface says, ‘To conceal surfaces under other surfaces is necessary’ and this is what the entire narrative is all about. Cloaked under layers and layers, this is the ultimate revelation that is dawned upon the reader – ‘projecting attractive images that concealed what lay behind’.…

Book Review: Empire by Devi Yesodharan

Set in the reign of one of the mightiest kings of the time, Empire brings alive the glorious Chola dynasty and culture in all its glory and might during Rajendra Chola’s reign. Dominantly, a patriarchal society, the book brings a fresh perspective by narrating the story of the warrior who is not only female but…

Book Review: Let the Game Begin by Sandeep Sharma

Let the Game Begin, a thriller penned by Sandeep Sharma has been classified as a historical thriller by the author. Thriller as a genre often comprises the elements of suspense, mystery, uncertainty, anticipation to keep the reader hooked till the very last page. Historical fiction usually depicts historical figures in fictional scenarios, fictional figures in…

Book Review: In the Shadows of Death by Sourabh Mukherjee

As The Millennium Series became a worldwide phenomenon, it almost became a fashion for new writers to write a psychological thriller; however, it’s not an easy genre to probe into. To quote Wikipedia, ‘Psychological thriller is a thriller story which emphasizes the psychology of its characters and their unstable emotional states.’ Psychological thrillers delve deep into the dark recesses of the minds…