In God's Country, Karwar by Vijay Medtia kicks off with a bang with a murder of one prominent lawyer in the seaside town Karwar. It takes readers into the troubled house of Uma Verma, the wife of deceased lawyer. She didn’t have a good life with him. She was accused of having a secret lover that could have killed her husband. But that’s not the final story of accusations.
You would love how Vijay Medtia give pieces of the origin for what is happening in Karwar. As the inspector Arjun takes the case in his hand with a personal care for Uma, the story begins unfolding with its own threads of nostalgia of youth and old memories of friendship and past haunting of three: Uma, Vinod, and Arjun.
Before the dust could settle down for a proper investigation, the town is disturbed by two more murders, related to same field…maybe related to property. Uma, Arjun, and Vinod have had a long relationship etched in the history of Karwar. It was more like a friendship bond over love triangle. Vinod is really a macho sort of character. Jailed for saving his love! Life turned…after twenty years…their fates collide and intersect with each other once again.
In any murder and crime thriller, the plotline is incomplete without past deeds and the wish of retribution. Vinod faces a fresh set of troubles after he moves to Bangalore after being released from prison. In Karwar, Arjun and Uma have their own intriguing issues to handle. Arjun and Poonam, later on, get into romantic slings. That part is hushed, subtle, yet timely to the intense theme of the novel. In Vijay’s crime thriller novels, he makes sure women protagonists are not only cuddled up but also give them catalytic powers to nudge the plotline ahead.
The novel’s narration has a single point of view, however, it converges to final countdown as one by one all characters begin unraveling their shades. Vinod is an interesting character with whom many would sympathize and click since the start. Why murders in a peaceful town – exposes the underbelly of crimes taking place in the town with a gang of real estate developers. Though some Vikash Mahtre is at the centre of the doubt…but there are more guys who have deep hidden ill intentions for broader objectives. As you read on, the why’s and how’s get cleared inevitably.
The pacing of the novel is brilliant, it didn’t leg in any of the sections. The story picks up and sways back and forth…and delivers an ending that salvaged everything. The book is one that will keep you guessing until you browsed through the last of the pages action and drama. In nutshell, it’s a fulfilling crime thriller novel with twists and turns that entertain to the fullest.
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