‘AND HE WANTED ME DEAD’… BY JASPER – BOOK REVIEW


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Title : And he wanted me dead
Author : Jasper
Pages : 166
Genre : Crime Fiction
Publisher : Notion Press

Rating :

Cover : 2.5/5
Title : 3/5
Storyline : 3.5/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Dialogues : 3/5
Characters : 3/5
Overall : 3.5/5

Overview :

Inspector Raj is an honest, hardened and hard-working cop. His dedication toward his profession and duty is outstanding….his career record unblemished….until now!
His entire reputation is at stake when he is called in to investigate an accident. What looks like a road accident….is it really a mere accident or is there something more ghastly to it? The more the inspector digs deeper to unravel the truth, the more flummoxed he becomes. Even though his investigation is impeccable yet his frustrations rise sky high as it heads nowhere but straight into dead ends every time he thinks he has a solid lead. His personal life is already in shambles and now his professional life is also crumbling right in front of his eyes because of this case and a series of other killings which occur in his jurisdiction.
Will he be able to solve these mysteries?

Beauty :

  • Writing style.
  • Pace.
  • Last few pages of suspense.

Beast :

  • Cover.
  • Predictable Plot.

Review :

Crime fiction is almost everyone’s genre. Every age group loves to get indulged in the storyline and wants to anticipate the things on the go. It depends on the beauty of the author’s writing style that till when he can fool his audience and receive the praises in the end.

Jasper being a debut author has done a fabulous job with his book titled, ‘And he wanted me dead.’ The title seems to be catchy but the cover is pure contrast of it. Cover reveals nothing about the theme of the book. Blurb is although pretty good and gives a clear view over the plot.

From the first page of the book, Jasper has shown the brilliance over his language and command over the chosen genre. He keeps it straight and that’s what I liked. The story begins with a car accident which seems to be as a set-up to hide the murder.

Characterization of the inspector Raj is good and the reader can imagine his personality pretty well. The investigation process is indulging but at some point you will start to feel the stealth, the author wants to hide, and eventually you can guess what’s about to happen. Author did try hard to hide but due to some loose points, it gets predictable but still the writing style is pretty catchy and hence will keep you intact till the end.

Last few pages acts as the ‘prediction spoiler’ because Jasper changes everything for a moment for the reader. The plot gets totally overturned and that’s where the novel gained 0.5 ratings more. I loved the end.

Verdict :

Good debut of a brilliant writer. Go for it if you love the crime fiction genre.

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