Book Reviews

Book Review: Breach by Amrita Chowdhury

The Blurb

How secure are your secrets in the virtual world? Weeks before pharma-giant Acel is ready to file a global patent application for cancer wonder-drug Colare, its offshore data centre in Mumbai is hacked. The charismatic, young leader of its Indian business, Dr Udai Vir Dhingra, finds himself being blamed for negligence and breach of security. Battling market pressures, media scrutiny, livid American bosses and crumbling relationships, Vir must find the perpetrators, or see his career – and his life – spiral downwards. But the deeper he gets dragged into the shadowy world of masked online identities and muddied digital footprints, the more Vir discovers that nothing is easy or obvious, and everything has a price. Set across Mumbai, Washington and Guangzhou, Breach is a compelling and edgy cyber thriller that explores the dark and dangerous underbelly of our increasingly virtual existence.

My Review

When the publishing head of Harlequin writes a novel, you have to read it. When the publishing head of Harlequin writes a cyber mystery novel, you definitely have to read it.
The novel gets full marks for being well I written and well-structured. The story spans across the Indian and American time zones. It is also set across different points in time, with chapters organized in a chronological order-according to the date and time.
The story revolves around several primary, secondary, and tertiary characters. However, although it sounds like it, the story is not a labyrinth. The writer manages to keep a clear a distinction between her characters and the episodes; she successfully managed to keep you from being confused.
The revealing of the mystery is more eventual than thunderous; something that I found was different from most other books of the same genre. It is also interesting to see how the author connects all characters in the end, without making it too obvious.
This one is a likeable book that will appeal to most mystery lovers.

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