Elephants in the room – Suraj Laxminarayanan

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Suraj Laxminarayanan debuts with a thriller. The book is 600 pages long and it keeps you engaged. Though it was difficult for me to fully appreciate the nitty gritty details for the first 250 pages, I found out that everything is there as it has to be there for connecting all the sub plots and to get the full picture in the end. It may be slow at the beginning but it picks up pace in between and the plot becomes compelling that you would want to read fast to know the ending.

A gang of amateur robbers plan a bank robbery to escape from their money problems. What they failed to plan however is – what if another gang walks in the same day for a loot in the same bank? It leads to a weird situation where three gangs need to work together to survive or get caught by the police.

After reading the book I felt like I have finished reading a screenplay of a movie. Maybe the author wanted his book to be made into a movie and wrote with so much dedication without leaving any tiny details. He captures the essence of Chennai beautifully by describing in detail about the temple, busy ranganathan street, south Indian food, gaana songs, and the plain old bank building.

It does not seem like a debutant novel. You can clearly see that so much research has been done to create this 600 page thriller. I would give 3/5 stars for this book. I thank Writers Melon and Suraj Laxminarayanan for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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