Ravi Reads 9: Faith and the Beloved by Kochery C Shibu
This is the second book by Kochery C Shibu after the critically acclaimed literary fiction Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar. Faith and the Beloved is a crime thriller mystery novel with
a fair share of literary fiction in parts. The novel opens with a murder scene and the protagonist is on the run. The rest of the novel is about the game of wits between the young and savvy Alice, the protagonist, and her detractors. This is a crime thriller which has the police and the two criminal gangs all trying to chase and catch Alice who is on the run. Prem Prakash is a cop who sees the unseen and sees things differently. He is able to piece together a complex murder mystery based on available evidence and equally what is missing from the crime scene. The ability of Alice to think on her feet and always get the better of the detractors is convincingly portrayed. As also the equally sharp Prem who tracks her down. The plot and the development of the events around the murder mystery is mind-boggling at times. I liked the new and exciting characters in the book, who came live in front of you as you read the novel. The Bangalore-based author has carved a place for himself in the crime thriller genre and his writing is like a breath of fresh air. It was a nice change of pace to read through this riveting thriller.
This book is definitely for the faint-hearted, and I will recommend all fiction thriller readers to go for this book.
The crime thriller mystery novel is for mature adult readers. It contains graphic descriptions which may not suit all. Reader discretion is advised.