Elephant in the room is an English-language metaphorical idiom for an obvious problem or risk that no one wants to discuss (taken from Wikipedia). I just thought it would be a good idea to mention the meaning of the phrase before I get into the review. Because, somewhere I feel the animated cover design do not do justice to the super thrilling story inside the book. Keeping that thoughts aside, let me tell you Suraj Laxminarayan has done a commendable job in his debut novel Elephants in the Room.
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Author : Suraj Laxminarayan

Publisher : The Write Place

Published on :11th October 2018

Pages : 600
Format : Kindle and Paperback
Genre : Fiction,Thriller

Book Blurb

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.

Elephants in the Room by Suraj Laxminarayan

  • Excellent plot

    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 women running the Bank's cash counter seemed like magicians. Their hands went down somewhere. When they came back up over the counter, they held bundles of currency notes Click To Tweet
  • Climax

    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.


My Rating


I strongly recommend Elephants in the Room to every fiction lover.

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Author : Suraj Laxminarayan

Author of 'Elephants in the Room' : Suraj Laxminarayan

Suraj is a big fan of crime and mystery thrillers. Movies in the genre of crime and suspense inspired him to take up writing on similar subjects. He started by writing movie reviews.He lives in Bangalore and is a software engineer by profession. His hobbies include reading and playing tennis. To know more about the author, give a look into his Official website

Also do not miss out his Author Interview by New Asian Writing

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