[Book Review] Faith and the Beloved - Kochery C Shibu


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.

(Source: Amazon.in)

Book Details

Title of the Book:  Faith and the Beloved
Author:                 Kochery C Shibu
Publisher:            Independently Published (Amazon Published)
No. of Pages:      185 pages
Format:                Kindle eBook
ISBN-10:                   -
ISBN-13:                   -
Other Identifiers: B088QLP73V (ASIN)
Price:                   Rs. 52/-


A curse of a dying man which haunts the men of the Gautama family, the gold of murder which shall yeild murder. The new mystery thriller by Kochery C Shibu is rightfully ranked 7th in the Crime, Thriller and Mystery genre of the Amazon Kindle Store following the authors like Agatha Christie, Ruskin Bond and Chetan Bhagat, the plot follows the lives of three individuals Prem Gautama (aka Prem Rollands) a Kalairi master avenging the murder of his brother Arun, Naithy Cherokil a successful bussiness woman and Alice Cherokil.

The story is a nonlinear narration fluctuating between the lives of the three protagonists, the preface begins with a flashback to the ages old robbery committed by Mangal Gautama as the fled the burning house with the gold. Fast forwarding to the present, Alice is on the run after murdering Tony D'Souza and blowing up the apartment with explosives while in a parallel story Arun and Prem two Gautama brothers had to move to Bombay after being chazed off by the local landlord. The story is beautifully penned down with marvelous descriptions and back stories of the characters.

First few chapters of the novel is dedicated to past of the characters, though I would prefer not to discuss other characters as they're not included in the book description (Synopsis) provided by the author, but each character has a interesting past which keeps the reader hooked to their devices. As I have already mentioned the nonlinear portrayal of the story adds a certain charm to the story but I've also felt like it might be the weakest link in the story, for example after the introductory chapter of Arun and Prem, they return in Chapter 8 this long gap could cause problem to the readers for connecting the dots.

Apart from these the book is wonderful, and I recommend it.

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