Book review | Faith and the Beloved by Kochery C. Shibu

Author: Kochery C. Shibu

Genre: Crime Thriller

No. of pages: 185

Format: Kindle

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Naithy Cherokil is a rich and successful business woman from Mumbai who marries the young and handsome model Tony D’Souza after the death of her husband. Little does she know that the ideal sex slave of her husband is the sleeper cell of a terror outfit. Events in her life take unforeseen turns as the male Mata Hari is activated.

Prem Rollands is a kalari exponent and brilliant student whose world revolves around his brother Arun. Things go awry when the police kills Arun under mysterious circumstances. Prem kills the inspector in retribution and is on the run. He is on the lookout for Alice to find out the dark secrets leading to the killing of his brother. Prem must avenge those who have plotted to kill his brother, even at the cost of his own life.

Eighteen year old Alice Cherokil knows more about computers and mystery games than a girl of her age. Alice’s life falls apart when her mother is hospitalised and in a coma. Alice is playing the ultimate mystery game of her life as the web of secrets surrounding two precious diamonds and her stepfather threaten to destroy her family. Alice overcomes moral dilemma to kill her stepfather and she is on the run. Alice must outwit the underworld and stay ahead of all to save her mother’s life or the guilt of her failure will haunt her forever.

As the lives of Naithy, Prem and Alice cross each other they must retain their faith and protect their beloved ones even at the cost of their own lives.
A saga of love, lust, betrayal, intrigue and revenge.

Author Kochery C. Shibu spins a captivating tale on love, lust, family and revenge in his new book Faith and the Beloved. The book starts off with Alice Cherokil running away after committing a gruesome  crime. Meanwhile Prem is on a hunt to search for his brother's killers. It is by fate that they have to cross each other's path and commit crimes that they'd never even think of. It's not revealed right away why Alice does so and what is the mystery behind the statues that she steals, but we get to know about it at the very end of the book. The story introduces many characters together, and slowly builds up the suspense as to why Alice has to kill someone.

The book spans across many generations, and as new characters are introduced in each chapter, we get to know about their backstories starting way back from their forefathers. This particular thing made me kind of lose interest in the book, but towards the end we get to know why the background histories were necessary as all the characters come across each other and everything falls into place.

The author brings in a ensemble of historical events into the plot that makes it a quite interesting read. There are many layers to the story in this book. It starts from the British Raj, has the formation of LTTE organisation, and the Mumbai terror attacks. The author has masterfully binded all these events into one plot by intertwining his characters into these events. It's really commendable, how the author has blended all these events into one thriller.

Although the plot is engaging, I felt that some of the characters' backstories were not necessary. It made the book seem dragged and slow. As if the author was trying to make the book longer. There are a few editorial mistakes in the book, but overall it was a good thriller.

Kochery C. Shibu is a retired naval officer. A graduate from the National Defence Academy he has held several important posts in the Indian Navy. Post his retirement he has executed hydroelectric projects in the Cauvery river basin in Karnataka, Beas river basin in Himachal and lately Teesta river basin in Sikkim. He holds a postgraduate degree in Defence Studies from Chennai University, and MA in English Literature from Pune University. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is his debut novel. The technical content of the novel, namely the setting up of a hydro-project is drawn from his experience in these projects since 2005, as are many of the characters inspired from those whom he encountered at the project site. Kochery C. Shibu was born in Kochi and now lives in Bangalore with his wife and daughter.

I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 


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