Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Book Review #15 : Fraudster

Author: RV Raman
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Hachette India
ISBN: 978-93-5009-800-4
Price: Rs 250/-

Fraudster. By far, the best thriller by an Indian writer. Books like these will help raise the bar for Indian writing.

An absorbing read that doesn't resort to sensationalism to retain the reader's interest. Good plot, good language and crisply written.

A tight plot and racy action took me hurtling towards a tense climax. Insight into the top echelons of corporate India and the banking industry was an added bonus. Believe me, it's a mean, murky world. 

Mr. Raman has done justice to the readers expectations and his awesome writing skills keep you glued to the story. 

Raman weaves a web of deceit which is quite gripping. The reader from the early chapters can get an idea of what is happening and as the story progresses is prepared to see what's coming. From the very beginning, it is clear that Fraudster is a thriller of the highest level.

The author hides all the clues to the perpetrator right out in the open and it is for the readers to pick up the hints. The author takes us for a ride throughout the book right till the climax. The characters are well fleshed out and very distinctive from each other. Each character has something to add to the story.

The author narrates the story with a certain flair that compliments the plot and helps build the grit of the story. Raman's background in financial circles has certainly helped him in terms of being authentic, and some of the procedures are certainly enlightening to lead. At the same time, one does not need to have any in-depth knowledge of financial terms to be able to follow the plot.

The amazing part about the novel is its interesting plot and how complicated technical aspects are described in a simple manner.

The book cover having a silhouette against the backdrop of a skyline is captivating!

RV Raman knows what he is writing about. He knows when to use what and how to play with it to strengthen the characters and the plot of his book. He has tried to simplify everything for a reader who is not from the banking world.

A very gritty, realistic and interesting mystery that is a must read for all mystery lovers.

P.S: This review is for Writersmelon (http://www.writersmelon.com/)
Ratings - 4.5/5


  1. Looks interesting, Aayesha.
    You have rated it high too. Must-read :)

  2. Hi Aayesha.. I have nominated you for the Liebster award. Please accept if it isn't against your blog policies. For details visit http://vinithadileep.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/thank-you-liebster-awards/

    1. Thank you, Vinitha :)
      Sweet of you.
      Ofcourse, I accept it :)

  3. Looks very interesting..Will have to check it out.:)

    Followed you via GFC..It is so great to meet new bloggers like myself.. :)

    -Nikita @Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff

    1. Surely, Nikita! Go grab it! :)
      Nice to have come across you too! :)


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