Book Reviews

Elephants In The Room – Book review

  • Author: Suraj Laxminarayanan
  • Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery
  • Format: Paperback
  • Print Length: 659 pages
  • Publisher: The Write Place (11 October 2018)
  • Language: English


A ragtag group of friends is planning a bank heist to end their cash crunch. Novices to crime, they are driven more by emotions than skill – their plan seems foolproof, 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.

What happens when the three gangs come face to face on their mission to rob a bank? Read the book to find out.

My Review

With a fresh storyline, comes a new book Elephants In The Room to delight its readers with its thrilling and captivating narrative. The book centers on a bank robbery planned by two different groups who meet a set of terrorists during their operation of the same plan. This turns the table and the story unfolds itself to its readers.

Elephants in the room‘ primarily deals with the absurdities of the human condition. It has several themes ranging from love, greed, friendship, and humanity running through it. It also highlights the outcomes of extreme poverty one faces. This generally results in one becoming a criminal.

The book has been given an appropriate title in order to explain the series of baffling events that eventually make two different groups, who were meant to be rivals, friends. Elephants in the room suggest different problems present on the same occasion. The similar thing happens during the course of the narrative. The cover is also fine and lightens the tone of the book. At the first instinct, you might assume that the story would be a plain robbery case but no! it is way too different from what you would assume it to be. However, the other part where the third group comes into play seemed to be repetitive for me since this particular scene of terrorists holding civilians hostage has appeared several times in movies. In fact, I feel that the book could be shortened for a few details could be omitted. This would make the content crisp and interesting.

What I loved the most about the book was its flawless narration. It is actually perfect – in defining and developing the characters, in setting and describing the Chennai where the story is actually based, in portraying different shades of a human character, in building up the storyline and taking it forward. I would appreciate the author for putting up with such a nice debut work. All the characters had something unique in them which has been carved out well. All the sequences have been described in great detail. This is another reason why I liked the book. The author captured minute details of the characters and brought them up amazingly.

In all, the book is a pretty thick & gripping treat for you. Go and grab it this winter to indulge in some gaana and kuppams along with absurd characters.

MY RATING: 4.5/ 5

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