10 January, 2019

#BookReview :: Cold Truth by Nikhil Pradhan

A missing girl. A curious journalist. A terrifying conspiracy. 

When 10-year-old Sakshi goes missing from East Delhi, almost no one, including the police seems too concerned. Not until a journalist begins to ask questions. Soon, what started as an innocuous investigation into corruption and systemic apathy begins to reek of a larger and terrifying conspiracy, as chilling secrets and long-dead skeletons tumble out.

Pieced together like a case-file, using police reports, interviews, leaked emails and WhatsApp conversations, COLD TRUTH takes you from the by-lanes of Delhi and the communist bunkers of Russia to the frozen grounds of Antarctica, following a trail that will leave you questioning what is real and what isn't.

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A ten year girl has gone missing and her concerned father has filed a police report. But the police seem to be twiddling their thumbs about the matter. It is only when a young journalist starts asking questions that people start to get concerned. But what does a young girl going missing from Delhi has to do with an international conspiracy? Will the girl ever be reunited with her family or is her fate already sealed? What will it cost the young journalist for taking an interest in the case?

The blurb of the book itself raised a lot of questions in the readers mind assuring that it would be picked up. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop… as I just had to ‘know’. The author has woven an interesting plot that keeps the readers engaged and entertained till he is done with telling the whole story. With charming and well developed characters the author has only added another layer to the story wherein the readers are encouraged to get involved in the lives of these characters and their choices. I have always enjoyed the epistolary format of storytelling. But with modern technologies, it is only fair that the author plays with other sources rather than sticking to letters. It was kind of fun too to see chats, voice notes, newspaper articles etc. used to tell the story. It kept the narrative interesting.

I would probably have loved this book a bit more if the action parts were done differently. It was more of ‘telling’ than ‘showing’ in the book. But other than that this is a good one.

Review Copy received from Harper Collins India

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