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Title: The Krishna Key
Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Paperback, 485 pages
Rating: A great thriller, well researched, gripping story… A must read.
Summary (via GoodReads.com)
Five thousand years ago, there came to earth a magical being called Krishna, who brought about innumerable miracles for the good of mankind. Humanity despaired of its fate if the Blue God were to die but was reassured that he would return in a fresh avatar when needed in the eventual Dark Age—the Kaliyug.
In modern times, a poor little rich boy grows up believing that he is that final avatar.
Only, he is a serial killer.
Things I liked about the book:
When I read books revolving around history and the mystery of places, I always think about the great history of India and many more things to read further. This book is one of those books.
The thing that impressed me most is the thorough research done by the author, I really appreciate it. I have watched Mahabharata but after reading this book I understood some of the minute details of its story. Special to mention is the research done for various locations like Somnath, Mount Kailash and many other locations.
The thriller feel is maintained throughout the book, puzzle of ‘The Krishna Key’ keeps you amazed at all parts of the book.
I liked the character Ravi Saini. I like the way he goes through every clue and he has immense knowledge and understanding of every clue. His ability relating the clues to historical knowledge and perfectly explaining his thinking to his friends /groups/readers is amazing.
Hats off to Ashwin as he must have dug deep in history through various references.
In short it’s a ‘Mythological thriller and pace of the book is good.
Things that could have been better:
Story was good but the chapters ‘The Krishna’ and ‘The Mahabharata’ peaked interest in at start but fell short. I had started relating those incidents/locations to the existing story but it stopped short.
Then I just read the book while keeping in mind that these short chapters were for our knowledge, nothing was related to the actual thriller story, which actually made the book more interesting.
Characters in the story are perfectly explained, each person has its own background which is wonderfully written. But one question kept coming to my mind was “Were ALL the murders really required?” as the main clue was in something else (which you come to know after reading the book). In this case either I did not understand it or author has failed to explain it.
It was my first experience of reading Ashwin Sanghi’s book. The Krishna Key is a great read, good and thorough research done by author makes the book more interesting.
I would recommend this book for all mystery-thriller lovers.***** Advertisements by my blog host.. I have no control over what appears below this line 😦 *****