17 December, 2015

#BookReview : Gunshot Victims Unit by Vaibhav Mukhim

'Culture was untouchable. Their mixing would, and had in the past, proved to be extremely detrimental to peace and quiet.'

A world in which people have no regional affiliations. Where culture itself has gone mobile. Where the President, the man with the most power, has little to do but swim and play golf. Where ordinary people like Gru and Ronan care little about where they came from and where they are headed - and this whole system is balanced on just two simple laws.

In this dystopian world, the only equalising factor is gunshots.

Will the Gunshot Victims Unit, the last line of defence, be enough?

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Gunshot Victims Unit takes us to a dystopian world where the world has become a smaller place and yet the lines differentiating one culture from the other has never been stronger. The story revolves around how when a series of bodies are connected and everything points to a serial killer being out in the open. This killer is targeting North Indians only. With the GVU on the chase it is only a matter of time before he is caught and brought to justice, or is it?

The brightest aspect of the book is how the dystopian world is set. For once the future depicted seems very much possible. With internet and other scientific discoveries, the world in indeed becoming a smaller place removing a lot of hurdles and boundaries. At the same time, a lot of new lines are being drawn in the name of religion and caste. If you have been following the news even vaguely, you know what I mean. Instead of moving ahead, humanity seems to be taking step back to the dark ages in the name of religion and culture and as such, the world that the author has set up in this book seems like a distinct possible future of our world. 

The book has a good premise but it was not completely exploited. The plot seemed simple at the beginning and remained so for most parts. There were a few twists thrown in, but seasoned mystery lovers will most probably be able to see through them. The book has short chapters and multiple points of view that make it a quite fast and interesting read. However, I found it difficult to really connect with the characters and feel that some more groundwork on their backgrounds could have made the book even more interesting.

A fast and entertaining read for thriller lovers.

Review Copy received from Leadstart Publishing

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