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Elephants in the Room by Suraj Laxminarayanan – Book Review


Book Name: Elephants in the Room
Author: Suraj Laxminarayanan
Publisher: The Write Place
Pages: 600
Year: 2018
Genre: Crime fiction
Rating: 3.5/5

I have never been a fan of ordinary novels – be it a romance in the simplest terms or a thriller in a plain format. I have always looked up to the authors who believe in creating the tales which are told in a different way; I am not saying the works should be extraordinary, but they must be different in order to entertain my attention and I have been lucky in finding some of these fictional works most often. Right now, I am going to tell my readers about the novel by Suraj Laxminarayanan – Elephants in the Room. Published recently, the novel has been written with due attention. The author has taken ‘almost 4 years’ in completing the novel and it is remarkable indeed because he has been able to pull this crime novel up to 600 pages, almost…

One thing that you should do before you start reading the novel is that looking at the last page. It will give you the index of the characters in the novel and this will be very helpful for you as a reader. And one more thing, you will certainly be fascinated by the names and the roles of the characters just by reading the page with the names of the characters. Once you start reading the novel, after getting introduced to the readers, you will have the sense very easily that you are being taken to a Chennai set-up. The novel is set in Chennai and the characters are mostly local – some small-time robbers, some pick-pockets, some professional robbers and a few qualified persons as well.

So, the story told in short, is about a few people who meet together and decide to rob a bank. The plot goes wrong and the make-shift gang of robbers meets a real gang and they together meet another gang of violent robbers. The scene inside the bank is amazing, astonishing and very chaotic. There are the instances when we get to know the other side of the moon and these scenes bring some comic as well as sentimental relief to the readers.

Reading Elephants in the Room will certainly be an interesting time for the readers. Suraj Laxminarayanan has done the best he could do for the very first novel by him. He has offered a narrative which is deep, manifold and psychologically rich. The novelist has tried to let the readers know not only how the criminalists act but also how do they think; and this, to be honest, is certainly unprecedented in the arena of Indian English fiction…

The Desi Readers Opinion:
As a reviewer for Desi Readers, I believe that the book has been written for the youths of modern times who love reading novels which offer entertainment, thought-flow and something different. I pass the book and the author with a rating of 3.5 out of 5. Suraj Laxminarayanan has tried to inject some new life in his fiction and he has largely succeeded except for the points which have been connected with the mismatching ones. The book is very good for a one-time reading spree and people will certainly have a thing to rejoice!

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Review by Surendra for Desi Readers

Elephants in the Room
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‘Desi Readers’ reviews the latest fiction surfacing in the book market – Elephants in the Room. Suraj’s debut novel has created a buzz among the readers and the novel has been appreciated by the critics as well as the readers of repute. This is a perfect one-time thrilling read and you can certainly enjoy it.

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