Author: Ranjini Iyer
First Published: 2014
Page Count: 234
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 2/5 Stars
It has a promising premise, but, ultimately, this book loses steam fairly quickly.
*Intriguing Plot *Twist Ending
*Lack of description *Awkward Romance *Unexciting Delivery of Plot
“The pills extended lives, the locals said. But something in them choked life away, too.” Maxine Rosen’s life as a caterer in Chicago is turned upside down when a man from her father’s past surfaces begging for her help. Her father was on the brink of releasing the findings of his research into a pill from the Indus Valley civilization that would change lives around the world before his untimely death. With the help of a handsome professor named Julian McIntosh, Maxine must try to decode her father’s research to see why what he had discovered so many years ago might have been worth killing for.
Initially, the story had grabbed my attention. Ancient pills with the power of extending life that might possibly be cursed and are also possibly linked to the Nazi’s? It felt very much like an adventure Indiana Jones might find himself caught up in. The twist at the end of the book was also definitely not what I had predicted, so I do give the author kudos on how the story was wrapped up.
However, around the time the love interest, Julian, enters the story my enthusiasm started to wan. I was really enjoying the main character, but when Julian appears she turns into a completely different person. She came off way too strong for just having met him and a bit desperate. From than on their scenes together were a bit cringe-worthy. Julian hardly seems interested and than changes his tune halfway through the book, all the while Maxine is making goo goo eyes at him. The romance aside, the plot never felt particularly thrilling. The bad guys were predictable and the good guys just sort of wandered around helplessly searching for clues. And for so much globetrotting, I expected to feel more like I was traversing the world with Maxine and her hunky professor. Other then mentioning that they were catching a flight to one country or the next, I never would have been able to tell the two main characters had gone anywhere new. It’s not just the characters that make a thriller, but the setting, especially one that takes readers to other countries, is just as important.
There was so much potential in this story; I love the premise. With a little more attention to the relationship development between Maxine and Julian, and a more mentally stimulating delivery of the plot, this could have been a really great book. Unfortunately, I’d suggest skipping this one.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.