REVIEW OF THE BOOK- Control- The Treacherous moon Paperback – 2017
By Tushar Janjalkar
Publisher: Omji Publishing House (2017)
THE PLOT AT A GLANCE-
They say your acts resemble the machinations of your thoughts. But the great question is: Are your thoughts, your feelings really yours? The financial capital of the world, New York, is terror-stricken. Death is crawling forth from the sewers, every full moon nights. On each occasion, an Indian is found involved and the diplomatic relations between the two countries are at breaking point. NYP detective John is continuously failing to track down the true perpetrators behind these incidents. The situation worsens when John’s case causes a threat to his love, Disha, a neurologist. Alongside, her security becomes his priority. When Disha learns that it’s not just her life at stake and her own past has united with the present in the cabal to ruin the future of many lives, she secretly sets out to uncover the mystery. Will Disha and John succeed in their journeys? Or will end up losing everything including their love? And above all, will the secret of moon ultimately be revealed?
The title is very appropriate as it perfectly rhymes with the story. A feeling of thriller and a sense of detective immediately creeps into our brains as soon as we read the title. There is no mystery to happiness. Unhappy men are all alike. Some wound they suffered long ago, some wish denied, some blow to pride, some kindling spark of love put out by scorn — or worse, indifference — cleaves to them, or they to it, and so they live each day within a shroud of yesterdays. The happy man dies not look back. He doesn’t look ahead. He lives in the present.
That’s what the title signifies. I believe along with the blurb and the background cover, the entire cover page is very thrilling and filled with suspense.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK:
The genre of the book is very unique and special. We do have thriller novels but this one is an amalgamation of thriller, romance and crime. It often seems to me that’s all detective work is, wiping out your false starts and beginning again.” Yes, it is very true, that. And it is just what some people will not do. They conceive a certain theory, and everything has to fit into that theory. If one little fact will not fit it, they throw it aside. But it is always the facts that will not fit in that are significant.
First a murder takes place following which a theft and finally an accident. Three crimes make the plot a beautiful and a thrilling one. Perhaps this is the purpose of detective investigations, real and fictional — to transform sensation, horror and grief into a puzzle, and then to solve the puzzle, to make it go away. A storybook detective starts by confronting us with a murder and ends by absolving us of it. He clears us of guilt. He relieves us of uncertainty. He removes us from the presence of death.
There is a beautiful saying by Tana French which goes like this”If you’re good at this job, and I am, then every step in a murder case move you in one direction: towards order. We get thrown shards of senseless wreckage, and we piece them together until we can lift the picture out of the darkness and hold it up to the white light of day, solid, complete, clear. Under all the paperwork and the politics, this is the job; this is its cool shining heart that I love with every fibre of mine. This case was different. It was running backwards, dragging us with it on some ferocious ebb tide. Every step washed us deeper in black chaos, wrapped us tighter in tendrils of crazy and pulled us downwards.”
If you want to get a grip thrilling experience of crime and want to know Would Detective John be able to solve the case or Will Disha and John would succeed in their journeys, please begin your quest for the treacherous moon(
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK-
Lovely mixtures of several themes, keeping crime on the focus.
Beautiful characterisation and very appropriate portrayal of the characters.
A mind-blowing twisted and spiral plot.
Drawbacks (believe me, the negative points are negligible if you compare to the positive aspects)
The plot could be made more interesting. For instance the crime description could be made more serious and consequential.
The beautifully scripted twisted plot.
Each and every event will make you feel more stimulating and exciting.
Overall I would like to rate the book 43 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10
Net emotions in the story- 8/10
Usage of words and phrases-8/10
The title, cover and the illustration-9/10
The net impact on the readers- 9/10
Finally I want to say that down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honour.
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