I received the book Switch in Time by Rajesh Shankaran, as a review copy from Author’s Channel and am thankful to them for the same.
In the midst of a fierce succession battle for the crown of the Ajmera business empire, Lallan Ajmera introduces the twenty-four year old Kamsin Ahlawat as his heir-apparent and second-in-command. As Kamsin begins to consolidate her hold on the empire, Lallan Ajmera realizes that she is not just after his money but wants the complete destruction of his family, his legacy and all that he holds dear.
A powerful rival of Lallan Ajmera is killed in a seedy hotel in Byculla. Inspector Bushra Khokhar begins her investigations into this case and finds visible but intangible links to the power struggles in the Ajmera boardroom.
As a string of murders pile up across Mumbai, Bushra Khokhar races against time as Kamsin exacts her revenge on Lallan Ajmera, a man she has more in common with than either of them will admit.
Business tycoon, Lallan Ajmera, is still coming to terms with the fact that his latest escort, the beautiful Kamsin Ahlawat, is his abandoned daughter when his rival is his Rasheshwar Jatia, is found dead in a seedy hotel room in Mumbai. Inspector Bushra Khokhar is the investigating officer for the case.
Following Jatia’s death, Lallan is not reachable to his family after he announces a board meeting. His wife Aarti Devi, his son, Mtigank, his daughter in law, Neeti and his second in command contemplate what could be the need to call an urgent meeting. They are all taken aback when Ajmera announces Kamsin as his successor and also that Ajay and Mrigank to report into her. And now all of them want to find out why?
But that is least of Bushra’s worries. More murders using the same technique, her only son, Danish, who is not well, her father, who is uncooperative and her single status, come in the way of her solving the murder mystery. And make her determined more than ever to solve the case.
The story begins with a murder and the police on the search for the killer. But that is not all, there are many more subplots to the book. And each subplot is somewhere linked to the main plot but the best part is that the subplot does not take away the importance of the main plot. The writing is crisp, and not once did the author lose the main plot while going into many subplots.
The characters, though many, have been developed well and I was not confused between them. I would have loved to know more about the Jatias. Scenes have described in detail and the twists and turns keep the reader guessing till the end as to who the murderer is.
The book is a fast paced page turner once I got the hang of the book and I could connect some incidents, I was engrossed and just did not want to keep it down.
I loved reading the book and would like to read more from the author.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from AUTHOR’S CHANNEL in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.