Source: Publishers via NetGalley

Publisher: Random House UK, Vintage Publishing, Chatto Windus

Genres: Adult Fiction

Publication Date: 30th January 2020

Synopsis/Blurb (Goodreads):

“Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he’s smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job). When a boy at school goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from episodes of Police Patrol to find him. With Pari and Faiz by his side, Jai ventures into some of the most dangerous parts of the city; the bazaar at night, and even the railway station at the end of the Purple Line. But kids continue to vanish, and the trio must confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and soul-snatching djinns in order to uncover the truth.

Playing detective is no longer child’s play. As the disappearances edge ever closer to home, the lives of Jai and his friends will never be the same again.

‘This story is a talisman. Hold it close to your hearts.'”

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My Thoughts & Review

What an interesting premises this book has. It follows a nine year old boy Jai and his friends who play detective to in the hopes to find children who go missing from the Basti where they live.

I really couldn’t wait to read this book when I saw it on NetGalley. It started off really interesting and I even learnt some interesting facts while reading. I really enjoyed reading the story through the eyes of a child and thought the language used was really good.

But sadly, as the book progressed and more children started going missing, the story became too repetitive, and the same things kept happening. The children would try to investigate and nothing would come about from it. It was at this point I really struggled to stay engaged.

Even though I struggled with the story I thought the characters were good. They felt realistic and I was really rooting for them to be successful in way while carrying out their investigations.

Unfortunately, this debut novel didn’t work for me, in all honesty it felt a little childish and it would be better aimed at a younger audience rather than for adults. Having said that I think I may be in the minority who didn’t enjoy this book. If you are thinking of giving this book ago I would highly suggest you try to borrow this book from the library.

I would like to thank the publishers Random House UK, Chatto Windusand NetGalley for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating


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