Cut Like Wound by Anita Nair

I’ve always liked Anita Nair’s writings, and this book that has been on my wishlist for a while. I knew I just had to read it when I saw Wanderlustathome rate it highly on Goodreads.

CutLikeWound

A young male prostitute is found murdered and burnt in one of the many alleys in Shivajinagar in Bangalore. The case lands on the desk of Inspector Gowda and his new subordinate, SI Santhosh. Gowda is distracted, with personal issues crowding him. Not the most social person even normally, Santhosh finds him even more grouchy and grumpy than he expected. As they start investigating, they realize the case is more complex than they thought initially, it has all the indications of being a serial murder. The only clue they have is the modus operandi and a solitary pearl earring that they found on one of the victims. They have to use all their investigative skills and intuition to solve the case, while fighting bureaucratic bosses along with clever criminals.

A page turner, it is a wonderful book. I especially like the flavour of Bangalore that comes through so strongly in the book. It was like Bangalore was another character in the book, genteel and sophisticated at times, seedy and shady at others. Anita Nair’s writing reminds me of Elizabeth George’s crime books. Complex crimes, beautifully interwoven snippets of local life, and complex characters, interesting, and different practices, it was a very interesting book to read. I had an inkling of who the murderer might be, and yet the ending was very impressive. A book that I enjoyed till the last page.

Since this book ‘introduced’ Inspector Gowda, I, for one, am looking forward to more of Inspector Gowda thrillers from the author.

I would definitely recommend this book.

The Killing Place by Tess Gerritsen

You know the sort of book that you start reading at 9:00 pm, and is read, cover to cover by 9 in the morning? Because you just CANNOT put it down? Well, this is one of them.

Another crime thriller from Tess Gerritsen. Another one from the Jane Rizzoli-Maura Isles series. Another classic Gerritsen. which has all the ingredients that make it so so so un-put-downable.

Maura Isles is in Wyoming to attend a conference. She runs into an old college mate, and takes up his offer to go along with him, his teenage daughter and his friends for a ski break. Their vehicle gets stranded in deep snow, and they end up in a place called Kingdom Come, where there is no electricity, nor do they have cell phone signals to call out for help. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, with no way of calling out for help, while a snowstorm rages around them  – not the nicest thing to do on a break, is it?

Kingdom Come, they discover, is a private road with twelve identical houses, all of which have signs that people have abandoned them all of a sudden. Food left on the table, food being prepared, abandoned, and not a soul in sight.  Even the cars are just sitting in the garages. Everybody seems to have just disappeared into thin air.

Maura’s friends get worried, when she does not return as scheduled, and does not take calls. They land up in Wyoming in an effort to look for her. A crashed vehicle is found with four charred bodies trapped inside it. Is Maura one of them? Kingdom Come also happens to be the residence of a cult headed by Jeremiah Goode. And all this is linked to Rat, a sixteen year old boy on the run, who forages to survive, to escape from the authorities.

Everything that follows is pure Gerritsen. You hang on to every word, wondering what more is to come. It is gripping, full of tension, and scary! A good read – if you like crime fiction. And the ending comes as quite a surprise. I would certainly recommend it, for those who like this genre of books.

The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

I came across Tess Gerritsen’s crime fiction about 7 years ago, and have been hooked ever since.

Her books are fast paced, the story ling gripping, and totally shakes you up. The Silent Girl is part of her Jane Rizzoli/Maura Isles series.

A ghost walk tour in Boston’s Chinatown comes across a severed hand, in a place where a gruesome murder-suicide had taken place, seventeen years ago. Detective Jane Rizzoli  and Medical Examiner Dr Maura Isles have to piece together the mystery. They find a woman who has been nearly decapitated, and the only clue is a couple of silvery gray hair, which seems to be non-human, and something that nobody seems to have encountered before.

The story delves into Chinese Folklore, and there are times when you start to wonder if there is something supernatural happening. Mystery, mythological tales, ancient warfare everything merges together to form a story full of suspense, and excitement. A total page turner, which is difficult to put down. She keeps the suspense going, and wraps up the book really well.

If you like fast paced crime thrillers, this is the book for you. I would rate it a 4/5.