Book Review: Blood in the Paradise

Blood in the Paradise reviewDon't you hate it when life creeps up on you at unexpected times? That is exactly what happened to me and Blood in the Paradise. I had received from The Tales Pensieve a few months ago for a review. I read it almost immediately. But then life happened. Amidst shifting houses and then moving out of the country took its toll on me, and I missed reviewing it. So here I am to review a book that I read months ago, would my memory be able to do justice for this whodunnit?

Book Name: Blood in the Paradise - A tale of an impossible murder
Author:  Madhav Mahidhar
Genre: Fiction - Thriller
Characters: Madhumitha and Vikas Nandan,  DCP Vishwaroop,  Anupriya Gautam  


Disclaimer: Thanks to the Author and The Tales Pensieve for the free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with a suicidal note and the eventual suicide attempt of Madhumita Nandan and her husband Vikas calls up for help once he gets to the place. But before the police could reach the area, Vikas is murdered. On a surprising turn of events, Madhu bounces back while Vikas does not. The case is handed to DCP Vishwaroop, a perfect combination of intelligence, honesty, and diligence.

He is suspicious about Madhu's involvement in her husband's death, and her persistent marital woes don't help her either. Her friend Anupriya, an activist herself comes to her rescue by bringing in media's attention and involving a competent lawyer. To add to the DCP's problems, he has not found the weapon involved yet. So is it a murder at all? Or is there a simple explanation to all of these and it was indeed just an accident. Read Blood in the Paradise to find out more.

Blood in the Paradise is steady paced, and the author's efforts to do the ground work on the plot shows well. The characters are etched to perfection, and no one acts out of character which made the plot grounded. The part about Madhu and Vikas' marital troubles sticks to the reality of the life in an Indian society and is commendable.

Even though guessing the murderer was anyone's game, the writing kept me through the end. Except for the dialogues that kept interrupting the flow of the story and could have done very well without. Some things were bit of Bollywood-ey, while I agree that there is an audience who might like it, it just didn't appeal to me.

Blood in the Paradise could have used another round of editing to weed off those typos and errors and could have ended 15 pages earlier, with the right editing effort. The author has made it a point to talk about the real meaning of feminism and the impact of media and activists' intrusion into the legal system. If you like to solve an impossible murder, then you should pick Blood in the Paradise this weekend.

22 comments:

  1. This book sounds really good! Also that cover is amazing, it's like hauntingly beautiful and I love it!

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  2. Great review! This book sounds interesting! I think that I'm going to put it on my TBR

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  4. That cover is so creepy woaaaa This sounds right up my alley. Wonderful review!

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  5. great review! and the cover of that book is so cool!

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  6. Brilliant review! Sounds like a great book.

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  7. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the review.

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  8. This book sounds interesting! I'm more into romances but I might have to check this out!

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  9. How interesting! I always like a good crime book and might have to check it out. Maybe they will weed out the typos in the next edition. Too bad it is not available on kindle or Audible.

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  10. Love this book review! Very constructive and gives a lot of context.

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  11. Sounds like a really cool book -- won't lie the cover kind of scares me lol!

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  12. I love the cover. This sounds like a unique book. Depending on the typos, I can usually pretend they didn't happen, but it's interesting that you think it could have been an extra 15 or so pages.

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  13. Sounds like a book that will keep you engaged until you finish the entire story. It's nice to know that it's well written! I'm really curious about the plot.

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  14. This book sounds really interesting! I really enjoy a good mystery, and once you mentioned the author touches on feminism and the impact of the media, I was sold!

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  15. Great review! these book is perfect for my brother. I will recommend it to him

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  16. Interesting review. This book sounds like a good late night read. I can pass it on to someone else.

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  17. Sounds like an interesting book. I am always looking for new books to read. So I will look at Amazon reviews on this one.

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  18. What an awesome review! Sounds very interesting. I'm always looking for a good book to read.

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  19. I love to read, this looks good. I'll have to check it out!!

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  20. Wow! This book looks really great. My cousin loves reading books so i will share this with her.

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  21. This sounds like my kind of book! I'm trying so hard to get back into reading!

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