Author : Suraj LaxminarayanPublisher : The Write PlacePublished on :11th October 2018Pages : 600Format : Kindle and PaperbackGenre : Fiction,Thriller
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 fool proof, 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 cut-outs of film stars and politicians, a story of love, greed, friendship, fate and the absurdity of the human condition unfolds.
Narrating a bank robbery from the robbers’ view point is a brilliant plot and I really appreciate the author for weaving up this wonderful story. But, the book is very lengthy for the whole concept. First 16 chapters were merely set up for planning the bank robbery by a set of friends, who were facing financial problems in life. The story actually starts moving from 17th chapter. All together there are 89 chapters in the book which comes around 600 pages. That is really a lot !!
Plot driven story
There is no hero or villain in this story. Inside the bank you get to see a bunch of robbers on one hand and the customers & employees held as hostages on the other hand. Outside there is a police troupe trying to find a solution to the situation. They have no knowledge about how many gangs of robbers have landed inside the bank and what is going on behind the scenes.
Beautifully captured human emotions
Author has done a brilliant job when it comes to narrating the feelings of every other character in the book. Whether it be robbers, hostages or the police men, he has caught the perfect nerve of human emotions. Words just flowed naturally throughout. As a reader I felt like, I would also have told the same if I was in that situation.
The conclusion part was a very thrilling read. Suspense was not broken till the last page. The ending was totally unexpected but it made complete sense to the context. Apart from the plot, the novel was also successful in giving out a thoughtful moral to the mankind.
I strongly recommend Elephants in the Room to every fiction lover.
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