Book: Nayak Brothers: The valentine’s day clue
Author: Rupali Rajopadhye Rotti
Publication: Leadstart publishing/ frog books
X-factor: Super easy language
My rating: 3 out of 5
The Story: I must say that writing a thriller is not easy. Besides collecting and joining all links, one has to make it interesting and fast track. The book starts well with the disappearance of Akash, which lets the alarms go crazy in his family, then among friends, and then slowly everybody is involved. The whole story mainly revolves around a bunch of boys who poke their nose everywhere to find Akash and accidentally reveal a few more secrets in the course. It makes me remember a daily soap starring Swapnil Joshi on Doordarshan (don’t remember the name though) in which he and a group of kids are NANHE JASOOS.
In a thriller, it is important how you connect people with the story and the writer has done it well. The story is simple and clean. The first few chapters maneuver interest in the reader, which compels to read further. Easy language makes reading brisk and helps to connect with the story.
Just before the middle of the book, story becomes predictable and lack of thrills (apart from a very few) makes reading slow. I would strongly say that it is an adventure story more than a thriller. But the climax has some nice twists which are worth reading. Goons, guns, smuggling, theft, abduction, betrayal, police…everything is here.
The Writing: As I mentioned, writing thriller is not that easy compared to few genres. The writer does well in order to keep the things together. All the points have been connected well and there is no writing lapse like forgetting about something or a character. The writer has done a fair work while showing the affection between brothers and friends.
On one hand, easy language made it easy-going but on the other hand writer has not been able to thrill the reader. Many different episodes make one to get lost from the actual chase for Akash. The title of the chapters could have been better because if one reads the chapter’s name, he would more or less know the story. I recommend more mystic names for a thriller book. I think writer can include more secrecy while writing a thriller. But having said that, writing is uncomplicated and neat, it certainly attracts teen readers.
The Conclusion: The story is simple and easy-going. As I mentioned I would say it an adventure story instead of a thriller. Language suits teenagers and grown-ups who like to read easy English. After first few chapters, it is hard for a reader to keep up the focus, unless he really concerns about Akash. I recommend this book to those who like reading adventure, like to read English novel without dictionary and likes teen-books.