Chetan Bhagat is known for writing English novels with Indian Essence, I mean the content of his novel has always been ‘Simple’ and ‘Straight-forward’. One Night @ The Call Center was the first book that I had read written by him. After that, I went ahead with Five Point Someone which was equally interesting. The reason I am mentioning this is that his latest book One Arranged Murder can be easily tagged as ‘Crime Novel’.
The story is based in Mumbai and tells the tale of a young woman who is forced into marriage by her family. However, she refuses to go through with the wedding and instead hires a hitman to kill her would-be groom. But how does the hitman stay alive while carrying out his job? What happens after that forms the rest of this story.
The genre of the book would be ‘Mystery Thriller’, where you have to keep guessing what’s going to happen next. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this from Chetan Bhagat. I liked the way he has played around with the Suspense and Thriller Genre. The characters of the book seem quite real and you can connect with them easily.
One thing which I felt was missing in the book was the ‘Action’. There are a few scenes where you expect some action to take place, but it doesn’t happen. Secondly, the climax of the book was quite predictable. I think Chetan Bhagat could have done a better job in terms of the climax.
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|BOOK TITLE||ONE ARRANGED MURDER|
|NO. OF PAGES||312 PAGES|
|GENRE||MYSTERY | FICTION | THRILLER|
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A Brief Story of One Arranged Murder Book
Keshav has set up an investigation agency with his best friend, Saurabh. Can the two amateur detectives successfully solve another murder case that affects them personally? And where will it leave their friendship?
Saurabh and Prerna were getting married soon. It was an arranged marriage. Prerna’s aunt, Ritu, was very excited about this. She called me and asked me to come to her house for dinner so we could discuss the preparations. Saurabh and Prerna were busy with their respective jobs, so I went alone.
Ritu made a paneer curry and served it with hot garlic naan and rice. We talked about how excited she was about the wedding and how many arrangements needed to be done. It went on for an hour or so when there was a knock on the door. Ritu got up to open it.
There were two men in black suits standing at the door. One of them showed her some papers and said he had a warrant from the court to search the premises. Ritu was taken aback and asked what this was all about. The man said it was nothing to worry about and they just needed to take a look around.
Ritu didn’t want to make a scene, so she let them in. They started searching the house, going through every room, opening every cupboard. I could see the worry on her face. The men were getting more and more agitated the longer they didn’t find anything.
Finally, one of them came into the living room and asked Ritu where the kitchen was. She nervously pointed in the direction and he went to search. The other man came over to me and said, “We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but we’ll have to take Mr Saurabh with us for questioning.”
I couldn’t believe it. My best friend was being taken away by the police. I asked what this was all about, but the man just said they needed to ask him some questions and he would be back soon. Ritu was shocked and didn’t know what to do.
I went with them and called Saurabh, but he didn’t pick up. I told him we needed to go out for a few hours and would be back soon. We followed the men to their car outside the house. The car had no police markings on it, making it seem even more suspicious.
I could see Saurabh sitting inside the car, already handcuffed. The men sat us in the back and started driving. I asked them where they were going to take him, but they didn’t answer. It was a long drive and we kept going through multiple intersections before finally stopping outside a house on the outskirts of the city.
It was a big, old house and looked like it hadn’t been used in years. The men got out of the car and told us to come with them. We walked into the house and I could see that it was divided into different sections. There were cells on either side with bars on the windows.
We walked into a room with an interrogation table and one man sat down on the other side. He said he was the investigating officer and that Saurabh would be freed as soon as they were done questioning him. I tried to ask what this was all about again, but he just told us to sit down on a chair by the wall.
Saurabh was brought in soon. He looked tired and dishevelled after hours of questioning, but I could see the anger in his eyes. The officer asked him to sit down on the chair facing away from us so we couldn’t hear what they were saying. After a while, Saurabh stood up and said he would only answer the officer’s questions from that point forward.
Saurabh then started answering all kinds of questions about his life, where he had been, and why he did certain things. But there was a pattern to it – after every question, Saurabh turned around to look at us. Then he told me everything when we were alone again.
The officer was trying to find out if Saurabh had killed Prerna. It turns out that the police had found evidence that linked Saurabh to her murder. They thought he had killed her for not wanting to marry him, but he said he loved her and would never have hurt her.
Welcome to One Arranged Murder, an engrossing mystery by India’s best-selling author. It is a narrative of love, friendship, family, and crime that will keep you entertained and hooked till the very end. It`s now enough for you to decide whether you should read it or not.
About The Author – Chetan Bhagat
Chetan Bhagat is a writer, columnist, screenwriter, and motivational speaker from India. He was born into an affluent business family in Modisett, a small town in the Indian state of Haryana. Bhagat’s best-known novels include Five Point Someone (2004), One Night at the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States: The Story of My Marriage (2009), and Half Girlfriend (2010). (2014). In May 2003, he married Anusha Suryanarayan. The couple has two children: Riaan, a son, and Radha, a daughter. After One Indian Girl, Chetan Bhagat wrote six additional books: Half Girlfriend, One Indian Girl-The Secrets of My Marriage, Making India Awesome, and Two States-Second Chance.
More Books by Chetan Bhagat
- Five Point Someone (2004)
- One Night at the Call Center (2005)
- The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008)
- 2 States: The Story of My Marriage (2009)
- Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition (2011)
- Half Girlfriend (2014)
- One Indian Girl (2016) AND MORE….
The best thing about Chetan Bhagat is that he manages to tell a complicated tale in very simple words and it gets better when there are numerous characters in the novel, each one playing their own role. This book is no different and I was hooked to it from start to finish.
I would definitely recommend this book to those who are looking for a good crime novel to read. And if you are someone who likes Chetan Bhagat’s work, then you won’t be disappointed either. Happy Reading!