The word “unputdownable” was definitely conceived for this book. Because when you start with this one, there is no way you could put this down until the last page. Interestingly, I was turning pages one after the other but as climax came close, I started wishing that this should not end. So when I say this was good, believe me this was. Thrilling, spine-chilling, intelligent- one of the best murder mysteries I have read in a long time.The city that never sleeps, Mumbai, is shattered by a series of murders in most gruesome ways. Tattered bodies are found in most unimaginable places. The murderer, interestingly, is in a playful mood and challenges the police by hinting that this insanity will continue. Chandrakant Rathod, a private investigator who leads an anonymous life otherwise but is respected within the inner circles of police department for his exceptional intelligence, is roped in to crack the mystery. And then begins the chase only to end when culprit is put behind the bars. And owing to Rathod’s meticulous efforts, this happens soon. But just when Rathod thinks of giving himself some credit, the culprit warns that there will be more of it. And there is. The murders continue in the same gruesome manner even when the culprit has not left the confines of the prison. But how? And why? And what is the significance of patang (a kite) in all this?
I had gasped aloud more than once while reading this one. The writing style is crisp and never becomes sluggish. The story does not have any hiccups and flows smoothly throughout. Chapter breaks are placed appropriately to give much needed breathers in the thrilling narrative. Every character is significant and vital to take the story forward. Not a single word or situation or character looks unnecessary. The ending is awesome and leaves you grasping for air.
I will be surprised if this is not made into a movie. In fact, I am fervently wishing that somebody make a movie on this one. It would be amazing to watch Rathod come alive on screen. Patang rightly deserves a 5-star rating. Highly recommended!
About the Author: Bhaskar Chattopadhyay is a writer and translator. Bhaskar's novels include 'Penumbra' (Fingerprint 2016) and 'Patang' (Hachette 2016). His translations include '14: Stories That Inspired Satyajit Ray' (Harper 2014), 'Shiva' (Penguin 2016), 'The House By The Lake' (Scholastic 2014), '12 Stories by Hasan Azizul Huq' (Bengal Light Books 2015) and 'No Child's Play' (Harper 2013). Bhaskar lives and works in Bangalore, India. (Source: Goodreads)