Book Reviews by a Pioneer: High on Kasol by Aditya Kant

Genre: Crime Thriller

Rating: 3/5

Kasol is a village in the beautiful Parvati valley on the banks of river Parvati in Himachal Pradesh in India. It is the base for treks to Malana and Kheerganga. It is also known as mini Israel due to heavy influx of Israeli tourists. It also has the disreputable reputation for the cannabis grown here, and one of the best hashish produced in the world – Malana Cream.

Abeer, an upcoming writer from Delhi, comes to Kasol for a six weeks stay to write his next story for a production house. One night he hears a woman’s voice asking for help. He is spooked as there is no one around. He starts questioning and finds that the room opposite his in High on Kasol, the guest house where he is staying, was occupied by an Israeli woman, who went missing, apparently having fallen in the river under the influence of drugs, was swept away, her body never found.

As he starts looking for leads in the mysterious disappearance, an attempt is made on his life. There are more murders. Where are the missing women? Why someone wants to kill Abeer?

The book is a fast read written in simple language. Chapters are short, and each chapter leaves you with suspense, wanting to know what happens next. Even the last few lines in the book are a mystery – you want the author to narrate what comes next.  But a few of the events appear clichéd and sometimes contrived. This leaves one with a sense of wanting a little more from the story.

An entertaining read, making you wait expectantly for the prequel that the writer is working on.

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