Abhinash Chakraborty by Souvik Roy is a page-turner crime thriller. Though short in length, it may make you feel like as you have gone through a saga of some amusing and intriguing characters. What makes a crime thriller interesting and riveting – probably it’s the sweeps of the characters in it. So, with plain and timid character line, perhaps the crime thriller is going to be a lot predictable and boring after some time.
However, this titular novel – Abhinash Chakraborty by Souvik Roy is just an anti-thesis to predictability. One moment you are waiting for the character to appear, next moment it comes and disappears. A lot of hide and seek, on the run lives, adventure, no-hope situation – are some of the aspects that you can find in this novel, which perfectly makes it a riveting crime thriller from a very young Indian writer.
The story kicks off with a murder scene, so people may assume that now detectives are going to solve the murder case. Well, it runs out of its gamut to reach new landscapes. It involves coding, virus, cyber skills, national security issue, and scientists building missiles that can turn the world into ash in a few minutes. You got it, right?
With so much spiced up, it can never be a simple story. The story tried to focus on Abhinash Chakraborty – a CBI officer with some mysterious past and actions. The narrator is also a CBI officer, however, the problem for the narrator is that Abhinash is going to be his future son-in-law. The narrator’s daughter Durga is in love with this enigmatic guy Abhinash, also he is senior to her father in the department.
Because of Durga’s connection, the narrator feels the heat of the situation and sticks to Abhinash for more than ever. Next, we see that some more mysteries unfold and Abhinash is very much a part of them. He cannot extricate himself from that mess so easily. What was that mess?
Another characters like Rudolph – almost a mad scientist – lands everyone in the grave the situation with his talent as well as his will to seek revenge on some people. Since Rudolph’s story runs like a backdrop in the novel, you as a reader need to heed what’s so important given in his diary, which was found by Abhinash.
Is Abhinash solving a case of national security? Or there are some traps laid out for him? Difficult to predict. At the same time, the narrator is solving Abhinash puzzle more than the current case in hand? There are many incidents in the novel that may force you to think that a particular character has reached its cul-de-sac. But the way the author takes you to next corner or juncture is worth commendable. The novel is Indian in its theme and settings, but it has been influenced by foreign writers’ work and Hollywood spy movies. That’s a good move, as them be inspired by anywhere. Anything exciting and hot, always makes the day.
The author being so young has a good knack for writing. However, he has a few areas to improve upon, such as punctuation, should rely more on short sentences. Overall, the novel is a feel to read. Things may look unusual and unreal, but with the time you get into all, and everything becomes surreal. Good work! Great attempt!