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From the author of Deja Karma and Bhendi Bazar, expectations would be sky high. Termed as Indian John Grisham, Vish Dhamija has opened a whole new genre for Indian readers. Has his new book succeeded in keeping up with the expectations? I leave the decision to the readers. As for now, I will share what I felt.
Without much lagging and nagging intro, the plot takes us to the real scenario of the book- rape of a minor girl, which is not much of a suspense since it is stated in the blurb and since it itself is the theme of the book. Baby, the daughter of a household help named Gayatri, is brutally raped by the prince like son Maheep of the uncrowned king Mandeep Singh. It’s is not an irony that Gayatri works for Vansh Diwan who in turn works for Mandeep since the whole incident took place because Baby recognized Maheep as a family friend and hence opened the door.
Under the influence of alcohol, as it is stated again and again, Maheep brutally rapes Baby, who ends up with lethal injuries, and flees the spot. It doesn’t take much work for ASP Kapoor to come up with the sketches of the culprit, whom Vansh recognizes and decides to support in order to avoid losing an important client. Heartbroken by her husband’s unethical decision, Priti Diwan, approaches Akash Hingorani, a close friend of both Priti and Vansh. As Akash indulges himself into the case, his role of assisting the public prosecutor for the rape victim switches to be a defending lawyer of Gayatri who is accused of murdering Maheep.
Has justice been done? Will Akash and Vansh be on the opposite side of the legal battle for the first time? Will the case be a revenge story or is there more into it? The suspense elements are plenty.
Suspense is the highlight of the book, so is the pace. The events happen one after the other so rapidly that the readers forget when they reached the second half of the book. The character build up did not take much space, yet each character has its own characteristics and personality. How ASP Kapoor Zeroes in on Maheep is depicted without much histrionics. The subtle hints on how an underprivileged is treated by the society is the sad reality that author portrays seamlessly.
The plot is definitely not a unique one. I was reminded of the book ‘The time to kill’ by John Grisham after whom, the author is named but that can be brushed off as a mere inspiration. The courtroom sequences are as realistic as possible and without much histrionics, author delved into the legal battle. But there has been a deliberate attempt to reinforce how spoiled rotten Maheep Singh is, which at some point became over the top and hence a cliche. The scenario could have been a different one. It might be because of the high level of expectations that the readers have from the author, as he mentioned in the author’s note. Well, the twist in the climax was predictable, atleast for me.
Overall the book is a treat to thriller lovers who expect fast paced, give and take scenario. If you are looking for a unique, complicated, brain racking plot, you have knocked the wrong door.
This review is in return of a free book from Writers Melon
About the author
Vish Dhamija is the bestselling author of five crime fiction books. He is frequently referred to in the press as the ‘master of legal crime and courtroom drama’ in India. In August 2015, at the release of his first legal fiction, Déjà Karma, Glimpse magazine called him, ‘India’s John Grisham’ for stimulating the genre of legal fiction in India, which was almost non-existent before his arrival on the scene. Unlawful Justice, a legal thriller, is his sixth novel. Vish lives in London with his wife, Nidhi.