Ismita contacted me over e-mail some time back and asked me if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her upcoming book, Jacob Hills. After reading the blurb, I thought it is going to be one bizarre story and it actually turned out to be one though not in a bad way. I liked reading it. Though, I don’t know if some of the things she has mentioned in the book are coming from the real world because they were really bizarre.
Jacob Hills is a war station that houses army college. Apart from all the studies and strictness around, there are too many undercurrents flourish and die from time to time at this place. Personal equations, professional jealousy, supremacy and what not and to build the gaps between personal and professional lives, bridges are built over various get togethers, parties and swinging clubs. Yes, swinging where people exchange partners willingly to sleep around and aid their professional growth in some or other other way. The story also comprises of a murder and child abuse and various other things.
What I liked about the book is the story flows from different character’s perspective. Eva and George Chandy, who are transferred to Jacob Hills because of George’s leg injury. Gary and Pam, the flamboyant Punjabi couple staying at Jacob Hills, Vikram and Heena, Saryu and a lot of other characters. Each of them carry forward the plot through their own stories and which is what worked for me with this book. Some 264 odd pages, I managed to finish this book is straight 4 hours. Gripping, riveting, shocking and disgusting, Jacob Hills is a book that will take you to a roller coaster ride of events and revelations that would shake you from within.
Also, Ismita’s writing is simple and she knows her craft really well. The caricatures drawn for the each of the characters explains a lot about them and add a new dimension to the story. If you like reading suspense, then Jacob Hills is worth giving a shot.
Book Source : Author
Publisher : Harper Collins India
Genre : Fiction/Suspense
ISBN : 978-93-5029-649-3