So it’s been a long time since I have reviewed a book. And now I am back with a review of a good book. Yes, it’s Prachi Sharma’s debut crime thriller The Alphabet Killer. I received a PDF version of the book from the author in exchange for a honest review. And I promise to be as honest as possible.
First of all, I loved the protagonist Mia Santos. She is a feminist, a bestselling author of a psychological crime series, the Chief Editor of a magazine named The Feminista, and she also owns an organization for women. She is headstrong, takes meaningful decisions, lashes out at sexists and abusers, and she is intelligent, too. In short, she is an inspiring heroine. I wish every author in India pens such strong and independent women characters. What’s more, Mia is also battling the demons of her past, but she copes with it very well.
Then there is the male protagonist Damien De Silva, an intelligent and handsome cop. He is that ideal man every woman would love to have as their soulmate. He is not a hard and rash cop, instead he exhibits emotions and expresses empathy at the right moments. He is also utterly professional when it comes to work. The way he handles the Alphabet Killer case is something to write home about.
The other factors which I loved in the story were the impressive narration and the way Prachi planned the crime sequences. The dialogues were powerful and there were some nail-biting moments which would surely keep the readers guessing ‘what next’. The other characters also shared ample page space and they were also crucial to the plot’s progression.
On the flip side, the romantic part of the story was a bit of a let down. I felt that the love story between Mia and Damien was rushed. Things escalated too soon between them and I didn’t feel a connect to their love story. Prachi could have taken the love story to the sequel (if she had planned on writing one) and concentrated more on the investigation part. That brings me to the investigation process, which I found to be cliched. It could have been a little more interesting to keep the readers hooked to the plot. The climax was also predictable. I could guess what was about to happen and so I couldn’t feel the necessary punch.
Overall, Prachi pens a neatly crafted psychological crime thriller. As a debutante, she succeeds in writing a bestseller, which breaks stereotypes.
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