A ragtag group of friends are planning a bank heist to end their cash crunch. Novices to crime, they are driven more by emotions than skill – their plan seems foolproof, or so they think.
In another part of the city, a gang of seasoned dacoits has botched up a job and now owes money to the local crime lord. They have to either pay up or pay for it with their lives – and time is running out…
In a bizarre twist of fate, both these groups are brought face to face. Trapped in a situation beyond the realm of their planning and experience, they must think on their feet, form quick alliances and rally behind an unlikely leader. Set against the backdrop of Chennai, where men sing gaana songs in kuppams(fishing hamlets) nestled against swanky glass-fronted buildings and life-size cutouts of film stars and politicians, a story of love, greed, friendship, fate and the absurdity of the human condition unfolds.
Elephants in the Room is the debut novel by Suraj Laxminarayan, he has been researching and perfecting his book for quite some time. This book is the latest in edition to crime thriller with an outline of humour and subtle emotional turmoil that each individual goes through. Elephants in the Room was already the talk of town with several book clubs talking about it before it’s release.
The book is long (almost 600 pages) but the author has carefully fabricated the world and it’s characters in complete light. First few chapters are dedicated solely in weaving the background of the story. While, the author could have written a shorter version as most of the readers prefer shorter formats and quick reading; Laxminarayan has announced his entry into the market of books as a serious and risk taking author.
Let’s put it this way, it is complex novel; but that being said, it has some serious writing which holds the reader for most of the part. Every character is distinct and consistent and the situations are absolutely absurd in an extremely comical way. There are a variety of underlined layers to this story; teamwork, impromptu thinking and of course, handling complex relationship issues.
Elephants in the Room, unlike other books, is not a plot driven story; it is an emotion and situation driven story. Whether it’s the police, robbers or the hostages; author has perfectly captured the emotions and reactions without any failure.
It is a good read for people who can read at length and not easily lose concentration. It’s not a traditional crime thriller, it has layers and scenes which almost feel movie like. The slangs and local language used in the book, makes it all the more authentic and wonderful at the same time.
I totally recommend this book as it is different yet sticks to the genre, routine plot yet sub layered writing and lastly a fantastic debut novel. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and out rightly. Go, grab a copy; you won’t be disappointed.
Genre: Crime Thriller Fiction
My Rating: 4/5
I received a copy of the book from Writersmelon in return of an honest review.