First thing – Did you guys take a better look at the cover art? I wasn’t much impressed initially, but I was definitely impressed when I was almost half way through the book. Probably that is when I really understood the title and the cover art.
Now over to the book. The book has a very surprising theme. Yes, I started reading this book without any clue that it is going to be about India and Indian army and that too with a backdrop of a very sensitive topic – the Kargil area which causse a lot of tension between India and Pakistan.
Ranjit Singh is an ex-Indian army captain living illegally in USA along with his wife Preetam and daughter Shanti. He earns his livelihood by doing small scale landscaping works in Martha’s Vineyard and considers himself lucky when he lands the job of caretaker for a few houses during the winter season.What was supposed to be a simple job turns out to be a life-threatening mission and Ranjith has to run to save his own life and the lives of his wife and daughter. Ranjit also realizes that whatever danger from which he fled India with his family can catch up with him and destroy them forever.
A X Ahmad has done a great job for a debut novel and he has definitely done his share of homework before telling the story of an immigrant sikh Indian. This is a book which creates a lot of suspense that I found myself picking up the book again and again until I finished it.
I loved the way the author revealed the incident on the Siachen glacier bit by bit. Probably the Indian army mission was the best written part of the book. The Caretaker has a lot of twists, flashbacks, suspense and let me mention that there is some sex too involved though the author has taken care not to dwell too much on the object.
There are flaws, there are imperfections, but overall I was very happy with this suspense thriller and the way the story was set in different places was quite beautiful.
Genre: Suspense, Mystery Thriller
Published: May 21st 2013 by Minotaur Books
Note: This is a review copy I received from publisher through netgalley in return for my honest opinion.