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Book Review: A Silent Takeover by Sarvananda Chandrashekaraiah

A Silent Takeover by Sarvananda Chandrashekaraiah is a riveting crime suspense thriller set against the sublime backdrop of South India. The novel has an engaging storyline with fewer characters. The story kicks off with a film superstar Raaj Kumar Muthodi. He is portrayed as famous as Amitabh Bachchan or Rajnikant. But all his life, he was a sort of bohemian and playboy. He has had many girlfriends in his life. He is still a bachelor. On his 50th birthday, he runs into scuffle with the media. As a result, he goes away to one of his farm estates in Chikkamagaluru to lead a peaceful life.

On the other hand, the lead character of the novel Suhaasini, an intern journalist is looking for a story that can change her destiny. She works in some famous tabloid. She takes up the curious case of Raaj Kumar’s ex girlfriends. Around eight girlfriends committed suicide. As she delves deep into the case and meets Raaj Kumar, she discovers that all events of tragedy have some common trails. For instance, all those eight girlfriends committed suicide after suffering from Hypoxic-Anoxic injury (a sort of mental injury). Another startling discovery is that all girlfriends were accompanied by Randheer, the personal fitness trainer of Raaj Kumar. Next is that all these women were also treated by Dr. Grammy.

Before Suhaasini could confront Grammy and Randheer for knowing more, they both are dead. It leaves Suhaasini shattered and also confirms there is something sinister about the murders. As a silent journalist, Suhaasini interviews many women and people. She is directionless until confronts Maya – a famous actress and Raaj Kumar’s girlfriend. But rumours have that she died while on a shoot in Laddakh.

As Suhaasini begins focusing on Maya, the novel takes a form of a classic crime suspense thriller and becomes an unputdownable. The good thing about this novel is that it keeps moving at its own speed without creating snatches of boredom. Later on, as it reveals, that the novel holds an enigmatic supernatural angle involved. After this there is a lot of drama and suspense and thrill that will surely keep the readers on tenterhooks until they finish the book. Undoubtedly, it’s an amazing book with a unique twist. What will happen to Maya? Is she involved into black magic? Or there is someone else who is using the name of Maya to distract the investigation? Pick up this thrilling fast-paced novel to know all your answers. Indeed a treat for crime and suspense thriller readers.

It’s worth to note that the author Sarvananda Chandrashekaraiah has built an incredible storyline using simple and lucid narration. There are no grammar blunders and the story moves at a soothing speed, nothing is less nor anything hurried up…it’s a perfect debut novel.

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