The Aravan Head by Arvind Narsima – Book Review

The Aravan Head

BY: ARVIND NARSIMA

Synopsis:

A politically driven criminal syndicate tries to steal a valuable ancient artifact, The Aravan Head, from a very old temple of the transgenders in Hijravan. Police officer Arya foils the well planned attempt. The incident unfolds a deadly secret that connects to a series of mind-boggling crimes which points to an unlikely person of tremendous authority in the political & business circles of Mumbai. With his friends kidnapped, his own people involved with the criminals and himself facing departmental enquiry, Arya is strangulated from all sides. Meanwhile in Delhi, 4 college girls, fed-up with the canteen food, hire a cook. While they expect an old, typically professional person, they are in for a great surprise that leaves them sweetly shocked. But the surprise is short lived after a beautiful transgender arrives at their bungalow revealing secrets that baffle them. Unfortunately the lives of the 4 girls become a nightmare along with that of the transgender. Did Arya arrest the main perpetrator behind all the crimes? What dangers did the Transgender bring to the girls? Did they survive the deadly situation they were pushed into? What price did Arya pay to win?

Book Review:

The Aravan Head is the first book that I am reading by Arvind Narsima. I had read a lot of good reviews about his first book but somehow didn’t get the chance to read it. So I just grabbed this one (not to miss the joy of reading his book once again).

As can be gauged by the blurb, “The Aravan Head” is a thriller and what a thriller it is. Usually I don’t pick many books from this genre because most of the books fall behind (there must be good ones that I may have missed, this is my experience with the ones that I have read) either due to their lousy story telling techniques or the lukewarm pace and grip on the reader. But I must say, this book is an exception. I not only liked the story but the pace by which the story moved. Not for a moment did I feel bored. The Aravan Head is surely a well-crafted and crisply written thriller with a very god narration style.

The story revolves around the main character Arya who is a police officer. As the story moves further, many secrets get unfolded. The plot is very good and the story is definitely a page turner.

The language is simple yet intriguing. The characterisation is done beautifully. Each and every character has been developed very intelligently.

Overall, The Aravan Head by Aravind Narsima is a marvellous action packed thriller. Recommended to all who love reading fast paced thrillers. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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