A long time ago, almost 18 years ago, I went on a school trip. We were taken to a few places including Trivandrum. And I visited the landmark Padmanabhaswamy temple there. As a Malayalee Hindu, we were given a healthy dose of deities and temples etc growing up. And so I knew what to expect from the temple and just marvelled in the experience.
In The Name of God is a thriller that revolves around this temple and was a fabulous read. Somewhere in a Dubai mall, there is a heist, a pre-planned meticulously organised one. In Bombay, there is a bomb blast in the lanes dominated by the diamond trade. They seem random, but in truth, everything is just one big tangled web. It takes one man, Kabir Khan, and his team to connect the dots, and unravel the mystery. And in doing so, he solves murders and exposes a smuggling racket.
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What happens when you have to choose between faith and logic? The blurb is interesting, but the book is a great read. Be it the pace, the plot, the mystery, the whodunnit… Everything plays well together to give us a good book. In The Name of God by Ravi Subramanian. #InTheNameOfGod #RaviSubramanian #Fiction #Thriller #PenguinBooks
There have been quite a few thrillers from Indian authors recently, but I must admit to some of them being disappointing. Thankfully though, In The Name of God does not! It contains too many interesting things within its pages. There is some business, a romance, betrayal, robbery, a bomb blast, some superstition, smuggling and not to forget all the murders. A thriller requires a lot of things to succeed. That is what makes the reader turn the page instead of abandoning the book. It can be a slow read, but as long as the content is king it will be cherished by the reader. In The Name of God ticks a lot of these checkboxes. It is fast-paced, and the number of plots and subplots are quite a few. Not too many to bore you, but just enough to keep the intrigue going. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how Kabir Khan overcomes the hurdle of religion and superstition to solve a crime at a very prominent Hindu temple in the country.
Ravi Subramanian has done a brilliant job with his new book. Of course, there is the mystery and the whodunit element of the book, but there is also insight into the workings of smuggling rings, drugs, and the history of the temple and its surroundings. It was a glorious work which was well researched and an absolute joy to read. (At a certain point, I might have wanted to reach into the story and take the vehicle Kabir Khan was travelling in and actually move it to the place where he was travelling to. Not because they or the story were slow, but because I couldn’t wait for the ‘what happens next’ moment.)
Oh, did I state there is a mention of Sunanda Pushkar’s death as well in In The Name of God?
I definitely recommend this book to everyone.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars