I have already mentioned here I
somehow always get pulled to a thriller book like a magnet every time I go to a
bookstore. On one such shopping spree I picked up this book whose synopsis
looked promising as well as its blood splattered cover. [It’s not that I look
at the cover and pick up a book though].
Set in the backdrop of the
capital City of Delhi it is a story about a fatherless son Ardhendu Bose and
his survival through rough times with a supernatural twist. Dhar falls back to
his Bengali roots and pens the characters of ‘probashi bangali’ (non-resident/ migrant Bengalis) well.
The middle class Ardhendu is
singlehandedly raised by his professor mother after the death of his father.
She manages to send him to only a B-grade business school but he manages to
land up in his dream job in one of the largest life Sciences company RED.
Things look extremely easy for him as he starts climbing the ladder and becomes
the favorite of his boss Colton White but before he knows he finds himself
trapped between the blood-sucking parasites. Let me not spoil more by giving out
more details of these parasites!
The fight for the survival &
the climax is very Bollywoodish.
The dark & sinister tale is
quite contemporary & urban. Very unusual for an Indian author though. But
when you have series after series of Twilights and Underworlds this doesn’t
come as a surprise. Dhar has penned some brilliant descriptions of the narrow
lanes of Delhi. I quite liked his simple writing style.
The book starts of off promisingly
but I felt it fell flat with its predictability in the latter half. Some parts
are quite clichéd. I felt it has been written like a screenplay with the fact
in mind that it will be turned into a film someday. [Well the book says it will
be in motion picture soon]. When you are about to imagine a play of emotions
the sudden twists and revelations goes off track.
I read up about the author before
writing this post, you too can read here
. It’s his first book, so as a newcomer
I think it’s a good thriller at places. But I am not sure how the sequels are
going to be as I hear he is planning a trilogy!
My Thought – You can read it as a time pass simple read, but don’t
expect a Robert Ludlum experience.
My Rating – 2.5/5
Book – The Company RED
Author – Shantanu Dhar
Genre – Fiction,Thriller, Horror
Publisher – OM Books International
Published in – 2011
ISBN - 9380070217 (ISBN13: 9789380070216)
Price – 195 INR
Pages – 192
Format - Paperback
Labels: book review, Books, Fiction, Horror, Shantanu Dhar, The Company Red, Thriller