Book Title: Heartquake
Author: K. Vijayakarthikeyan
Publisher: Rupa Publication India
Blurb: Once upon a time there was a city plagued by greed, corruption and mysterious deaths… A patriotic IAS officer, Vikram, decides to expose a corrupt and powerful minister, Rudra Pratap Rana (aka RPR), during the latter’s visit to the IAS training academy. The video of Vikram asking the minister some highly embarrassing questions in front of a packed auditorium goes viral. Instead of having Vikram suspended from service, a vengeful RPR unleashes violence on the officer’s family, and to continue the torture, RPR gets Vikram posted as the sub-divisional magistrate in Laxmipur—the politician’s backyard. As soon as Vikram joins duty, RPR resumes his vengeance. However, a new drama unfolds when a large number of people start dying of heart attacks across Laxmipur. As Vikram tries to unravel these mysterious deaths with the help of Veda, a cardiologist, and Raghu, a police officer, extreme panic grips the city, which soon leads to riots and pandemonium. Vikram is left with no other choice but to risk his life to get to the bottom of this mind-numbing situation. Join Vikram in this fast-paced thriller as he fights to save Laxmipur from HEARTQUAKE.
My rating: 4/5
Review: The book is a short read which I managed to finish in half a day. I have been waiting to read such plots, which have less storyboarding and take you straight to the scenes and climax. This is the second book which I have read by the author and I am delighted to be a part of a book review program where you get to read more and more from budding writers.
The plot has been picturized in the small city Laxmipur, where there is the political influence of a goon is high that the power of a bureaucrat. In the beginning of the plot, I was a bit misled by the concept of Vikram convincing on one of his friends to stay in the academy. As the plot progressed I realized that the story would be revolving around Vikram and his career. I have hated the character RPR for all the reasons, where his men hit Vikram’s father and harm his sister. The plot is similar to the scenario prevailing in India, where there is always dirty political agenda involved. In the plot, it has been mentioned that the only mistake of an IAS officer is that …he is an IAS officer. I was disheartened by these lines, have we stooped so low that people have lost faith even in an elite class job in the government sector. Well, not deviating from the plot… I would also like to mention the immense use of biology in creating the plot. The concept of Hydra has been common in Indian fiction, I believe, which is not something different. I liked the way the author has done complete justice to the title. However, I am not sure if he did justice to the character of Veda in the plot. Towards, the end of the plot I believed she just disappeared like a bubble breaking the romantic quotient. To read more about what happened to RPR and the random outbreak by Hydra grab your copies.
Thank you Vinfluencers for the review copy. 🙂