Elephants in the Room by Suraj Laxminarayanan – A bank robbery book

Elephants in the Room

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  • Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Review Copy
  • Pages: 600
  • Publisher: The Write Place
  • Publication Date: 11 October 2018
  • My Rating: 4 stars

The book opens with Nari, trying to pick the pockets of people in a crowded place and then running away after being discovered by the police. The way that the author described him and his crimes was very thrilling. We then come to know that Nari and his friends are planning to rob a bank. They all had some problems that they needed the money for. However, when they try to rob the bank, they discover that two other groups had also come to rob it.

The writing is quite good. It is also fast-paced, so one doesn’t need a lot of breaks in between reading it.

The plot is very thrilling and interesting. There are a lot of crime scenes so the reader is always curious to know what will happen. Things go wrong again and again. We read about both robberies and also the involvement of the police in detail. Some scenes and descriptions were too long.

The book gets very intense at times, but it also maintains a sense of humor. There is a wide range of characters, and I appreciate the author for providing a list of characters at the end. The story is set in Chennai, and I really enjoyed the effect that brought with it. The editing of the book is very well done. However, I do think the book could have been shorter.

It was also very interesting to read about a robbery through all perspectives involved- the thieves, the police, and the innocent people caught in the middle. The book also shows us what causes a lot of people to resort to crimes. The ending was unexpected and lived up to what I was expecting.

Elephants In The Room is a highly enjoyable thriller. It is a fast read and keeps you on your toes. If you’re looking for a contemporary read by an Indian author, I highly recommend it.

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