Book Review: Blood in the Paradise

Sep 3, 201722 comments

Don’t you hate it when life creeps up on you at unexpected times? That is exactly what happened to me and Blood in the Paradise. I had received from The Tales Pensieve a few months ago for a review. I read it almost immediately. But then life happened. Shifting my residence and then moving out of the country took its toll on me, and I missed reviewing it. So here I am to review a book that I read months ago, would my memory be able to do justice for this whodunnit?

Book Name: Blood in the Paradise – A tale of an impossible murder
Blood in the Paradise reviewAuthor:  Madhav Mahidhar
Genre: Fiction – Thriller
Characters: Madhumitha and Vikas Nandan,  DCP Vishwaroop,  Anupriya Gautam
Settings: India
Disclaimer: Thanks to the Author and The Tales Pensieve for the free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with a suicidal note and the eventual suicide attempt of Madhumita Nandan and her husband Vikas calls up for help once he gets to the place. But before the police could reach the area, Vikas is murdered. On a surprising turn of events, Madhu bounces back while Vikas does not. The case is handed to DCP Vishwaroop, a perfect combination of intelligence, honesty, and diligence.

He is suspicious about Madhu’s involvement in her husband’s death, and her persistent marital woes don’t help her either. Her friend Anupriya, an activist herself comes to her rescue by bringing in media’s attention and involving a competent lawyer. To add to the DCP’s problems, he has not found the weapon involved yet. So is it a murder at all? Or is there a simple explanation to all of these and it was indeed just an accident. Read Blood in the Paradise to find out more.

Blood in the Paradise is steady paced, and the author’s efforts to do the ground work on the plot shows well. The characters are etched to perfection, and no one acts out of character which made the plot grounded. The part about Madhu and Vikas’ marital troubles sticks to the reality of the life in an Indian society and is commendable.

Even though guessing the murderer was anyone’s game, the writing kept me through the end. Except for the dialogues that kept interrupting the flow of the story and could have done very well without. Some things were bit of Bollywood-ey, while I agree that there is an audience who might like it, it just didn’t appeal to me.

Blood in the Paradise could have used another round of editing to weed off those typos and errors and could have ended 15 pages earlier, with the right editing effort. The author has made it a point to talk about the meaning of feminism and the impact of media and activists’ intrusion into the legal system. If you like to solve an impossible murder, then you should pick Blood in the Paradise this weekend.

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22 Comments

  1. Lacey Douthat

    This sounds like my kind of book! I'm trying so hard to get back into reading!

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  2. Cheichei Va

    Wow! This book looks really great. My cousin loves reading books so i will share this with her.

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  3. Anonymous

    I love to read, this looks good. I'll have to check it out!!

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  4. MsBrandiDenise

    What an awesome review! Sounds very interesting. I'm always looking for a good book to read.

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  5. Candy Rachelle

    Sounds like an interesting book. I am always looking for new books to read. So I will look at Amazon reviews on this one.

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  6. Kristal Xavier

    Interesting review. This book sounds like a good late night read. I can pass it on to someone else.

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  7. Nefeli Papa

    Great review! these book is perfect for my brother. I will recommend it to him

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  8. Cole Nemeth

    This book sounds really interesting! I really enjoy a good mystery, and once you mentioned the author touches on feminism and the impact of the media, I was sold!

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  9. Carol Cassara

    Sounds like a book that will keep you engaged until you finish the entire story. It's nice to know that it's well written! I'm really curious about the plot.

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  10. Angela Tolsma

    I love the cover. This sounds like a unique book. Depending on the typos, I can usually pretend they didn't happen, but it's interesting that you think it could have been an extra 15 or so pages.

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  11. Michael Leonard

    Sounds like a really cool book — won't lie the cover kind of scares me lol!

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  12. Explore Beauty

    Love this book review! Very constructive and gives a lot of context.

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  13. Michele Robertson

    How interesting! I always like a good crime book and might have to check it out. Maybe they will weed out the typos in the next edition. Too bad it is not available on kindle or Audible.

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  14. Amber Marie

    This book sounds interesting! I'm more into romances but I might have to check this out!

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  15. Ash

    Brilliant review! Sounds like a great book.

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  16. Linda

    great review! and the cover of that book is so cool!

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  17. Kris Marie

    That cover is so creepy woaaaa This sounds right up my alley. Wonderful review!

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  18. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    There is social media follow button on the top right side and an email subscription button on the sidebar.

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  19. wolfgirlreads

    nice, how can i follow you???

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  20. Phannie

    Great review! This book sounds interesting! I think that I'm going to put it on my TBR

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  21. Book- Attic

    This book sounds really good! Also that cover is amazing, it's like hauntingly beautiful and I love it!

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