Private India (Private, #8) (2024)


31 reviews3 followers

November 19, 2014

I don't think James Patterson even wrote this novel. It didn't read like his other ones and I couldn't keep track of all the names of the characters in this book. The book was very hard to get in to.



825 reviews3,208 followers

December 1, 2016

The pages do turn themselves.

I started reading this at 2 in the midnight in a hostel when I stumbled into someone's collection.

The plot was captivating and held me back from wandering to the arms of sleep. The story is fabricated with neck breaking pace. The character sketches are neat and clear.

Despite having read a lot of thrillers, I can proudly say that I hadn't deciphered the end until the author decided. Thus, the backstories and the flipping of the suspicion from one character to the other renders it as an exciting read.

James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi make a great match!

Deserved, 4 stars


Tamoghna Biswas

311 reviews123 followers

June 9, 2023

“One only realizes the value of air when one is deprived of it and one only begins to value life in the face of death.”

Every other time I go through a sort of dilemma, and the end result turns out buying a book that I’m not quite sure of yet. The same happened with this one; I remember it vividly. One week prior to it’s release, The Telegraph covered an overhyped article on this book. And what caught my eye was the collaboration…truth be told I hadn’t had read any of Patterson by that time but Sanghi was a household name, mainly because of his Chanakya’s Chant. And the plot does have a strange kind of aura surrounding it, the likes of stopping a 26/11. So, I bought it…

I didn’t regret it though. Truth be told, I quite enjoyed it the first time. But it’s more of a cliché, if I stop, and ponder for a bit. The strategy of using a-talented-investigator-with-a-troubled-past-that’s-more-of-a-nightmare is bound to sound cool to an 8th grade student I was, but now it seems a bit unauthentic. Also, the other characters, like Hari…if you think, you will find in all of them impersonations of the 2000’s Bollywood movie characters. That’s why it will start off seeming “super-cool”, but will end up being a tad bit unrealistic.

Not to say there aren’t any positive sides. The crime scenes were dissected with quite a detailed delineation that turns out more fascinating than oversimplified at times. Also, the raunchy quotient is quite “cool”…but probably could’ve been done without. To tell the truth, most of the spy thrillers can do without over exaggerating that bit, I feel they just want to add a bit more to the “adult” section. You can simply make it grizzlier, dude. And I haven’t read anything else by JP, but Ashwin Sanghi has definitely done a much better job in all of his other non-collaborative works.

Want my opinion?
For a light reading on a Friday night, or you’re a beginner: Yes.
If you haven’t read any Indian spy thriller and want to read one modified in the Western pattern: Maybe, yes.
If you want to want to read a really good thriller and you’re not exactly a beginner: Nope.
If you plan on rereading thrillers: Definitely not.

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Jennifer (Jaye) (Recovering from eye Surgery will catch up when I can)

845 reviews34 followers

February 26, 2024

*Not for Me*

This instalment takes us to Private India based in Mumbai. I really wanted to love this one but found it a bit busy with characters and often had trouble keeping track apart from the key players.

The head of Private Santosh Wagh is a good investigator but is hampered by his love of alcohol. He is battling demons from his past but is a functioning alcoholic to a point. I felt he was carried at times bit by his staff but I found that when he was in the thick of things drink seemed to be far from his mind.

The current case is about women being killed and staged with objects around them or things placed in their hands. The killer’s signature is a yellow scarf which is also the weapon of choice. They all seem like unconnected cases, now Santosh has to work hard to piece it all together to try to stop the culprit. Now that’s hard enough but there is also an even bigger threat out there which could endanger many, many lives.

On paper the premise was better than the execution. There was corruption from the lowest to the highest of levels and far too busy to keep on track, I kept having to go back and work out who was who and gave up and could not wait to get through it. I wonder how much of this was written by James Patterson and by Ashwin Wagh

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4,513 reviews2,863 followers

August 27, 2018


Once again murder is the theme of #8 in the Private series. Private India focusses on women being murdered with one common object. But head of Private India, Santosh Wagh can’t make head nor tail of the killer’s motives – there doesn’t appear to be a connection between each of the victims. When Private’s founder, Jack Morgan, was in the country and suddenly implicated in the killings, Santosh knew the race was on. The killer had seemingly set a challenge – could Santosh defeat it?

Private India had a lot of characters to keep track of and for me anyway, the Indian names made it even harder. James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi kept the tension up, and the pace fast, while the twists and turns kept me guessing. This is the last of the Private series I own, as I stopped buying them after not enjoying a couple. Recommended to fans of the genre.

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Aditya Parashar

15 reviews1 follower

August 25, 2014

The written word has appealed to me since I could remember reading. But books like these disappoint in so many ways, it makes you feel lost. There is no cohesiveness in the plot, characters need not be flawed just to make them appealing and more importantly there was no take-away. But then again is this what new-age fiction supposed to be ? No less than toilet paper ?

Kindly do give the book a miss, unless of course you are on the watch list of the Mujahideen and they say life or Private India.


3,806 reviews1,220 followers

June 19, 2020

October 2015 view: Couldn't have been much of a memorable read a few months ago, as it was not until half way through it, that I realised I read it earlier this year! Yet…. Still an OK read! 6 out of 12.
Private India (Private, #8) (8)
June 2015 view: Private book No. 8 - Private India is composed of an eclectic group of investigators, they're on the hunt for a ritualistic 'Thugee' serial killer. Good read. 6 out of 12.

August 23, 2014

A thriller novel for me is when I finish reading it I have to pinch myself to realize that I have. PRIVATE INDIA by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson was more or less one. When two writers of the same genre from different corners of the world team up to write a collaborative fiction we have a lot for a good debate. It is easy to figure out who has contributed what to which section of this story if you have read their previous works. I could guess where the mythology came from and where the pace came from. Comparison with their previous independent works would not be reasonable though, for this seemed to be a different experiment.

A private investigating agency headed by an ex CIA agent with branches across the world in cities like London and Berlin has a branch in India. The head makes sure that he has the best in business employed in his team, or so we readers are told. The members of this Indian team, starting right from the chief with the cane and a Johnnie Walker bottle calling him day and night (a substitute to his troubled past) well each one of them are unsettled two dimensional characters. Read the book to know about the rest, and you will agree that they are not for your memory, not one passes as an Investigation Agent. What initially seemed like a series of high profile murders in a metropolitan city turns out to be a handiwork of a ritualistic serial killer. One complicated reality about a city like Mumbai is this- even death does not shake its spirit much. The police of this city being overworked are more than happy to hand over these cases to this agency. I wonder what the Central Bureau of Investigation in the real India has to say about such situations. The story is an absolute page turner, no second thoughts, the short chapters and font size help along with the speed at which the murders happen. The gadgets and the facilities at their office, detailed description of the tests, for example the vitreous humor and eye swabs, DNA tests with hair reminded me of Dr Salunkhe’s forensic laboratory in CID for some amusing reason.

Certain aspects of Indian mythology have also been drummed into the murder scenes, especially the concept of sacred feminine in Indian mythology and how the killer leaves tell tale signs. If the authors had gone beyond these surface details, particularly with regards to the nine forms of Goddess Durga and cared to tell the readers what this had to do with the mindset of this particular killer against women, bringing this part of mythology to these crime scenes in my opinion was more justified. The motive beyond the murders also remains an illusion. I now know the killer wanted to kill nine women, but to kill all of them in the same manner, nine times? So much spite? In Private India’s chief’s own words: “If you enjoy painting do you paint the same picture every time?” As a reader I am without knowledge about the killer’s intentions even after the end.

At some places, information provided about Indian history and some particular happenings could potentially misguide readers, say the Westerners. Research well done is appreciated only when well portrayed. Gangsters, godmen, celebrities, politicians, beggars, orphans, prostitutes, police, journalists, nomadic tribes, local trains, dilapidated buildings, terror attacks and millions of people- every bone of the skeleton of an Indian city has been touched upon by the authors like it is intended to be the right blend for a Bollywood project, nothing more.With suspense in each scene I bet there will be many takers. Sorry too many things in this soup for me.

The narration by the killer in between gave me goose bumps but I wasn’t impressed by the language. There are avoidable grammatical errors and irksome puns. C’mon not one but two authors for the book, one could have afforded to correct the other! I was on the edge of my seat with the turn of events but with many facepalm moments to be precise. Criminal psychology is one interesting subject. I wish it had some place in the story too, given that there was one strong character, also the issue of transsexuality is overly simplified.

Private India for me was only about major twists which kept me curious and left me so. I finished this book in two nights of bedtime reading. I am only sure of one thing now, no more yellow scarves and dupattas for the next few days for me, thanks to this thriller, one run of the mill read.

Jaideep Khanduja

Author3 books157 followers

August 30, 2014


Book Review: Private India by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi: 9th Murder

Reading Ashwin Sanghi’s is a treat to enjoy as usual. Private India is a jointly written mystery by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson, the two masters in mystery fiction. This is a 116 chapters and a little below 450 pages book. Chapters are short and crisp. Usually for a book with so large number of pages, flow of fiction story and keeping readers hooked towards the plot of mystery is a challenge that has been very well taken care of by Ashwin and James. I enjoyed it as good as the earlier release by Ashwin Sanghi The Krishna Key.

The story of Private India by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson has so many characters revolving around the lead character Santosh Wagh, who heads the leading private detective agency of the country. This is a global detective agency “Private” headed by Jack Morgan and its Indian part is handled by the team headed by Santosh Wagh. Hari is the guy who handles tech expertise to dig down any kind of mobile phone transactions history or the current location of a mobile and so on. Nisha is an ex-CBI who is the right hand of Wagh. And Mubeen is the medical expert in the team Private India.

The story has almost everything to keep its reader’s engaged with the fluent drive along with a number of interesting sequences. There is a series of bomb blasts, involvement of ISI and Indian Mujahedeen. There is involvement of celebrities, politicians, influential social figures, lawmakers, Godman, gangs, goons and mafias; and the police high officials. Story begins with a murder of a Thai doctor who is on her personal visit to India, found dead in mystical circ*mstances in her hotel room with strange articles around her dead body.

Then there is a sequence of murders that take place, in a short span of time and every time, the victim being a woman and the pattern of some different articles found around the body created a big challenge for police. The case is soon handed over to Private India and Santosh Wagh with his sharp and intelligent mind is able to connect some lose string to arrive at some conclusions. Wagh is also able to make some connection with the sequence and series of murders that is taking place and linking in the relationship of the victims. A big shock gets revealed to him while trying to manipulating and knowing who could be the next victims when one of his team members becomes the target of murderer.

Overall Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson is an interesting book to read. There is a bouquet of mysteries, well managed to surprise readers at various touch points of the fiction story. The tagline It’s the season for murder in Mumbai says it all what a reader is going to encounter in the story but in actual there is lot more to reveal, face and enjoy while reading the book. The surprise pack is the number of mystery deals in the story that are well packed and interestingly presented to the readers by the authors.

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16 reviews

June 5, 2023

★★★★✩: It was pretty good, I enjoyed it. May end up re-reading.🧸

This was spectacular! I loved how fast I was able to read everything and the amount of characters it had! Some of the dynamics between the characters I loved! Like Jack and Nisha, which was kind of sweet! Although, some times I just wanted to put this book down as I would get busy or lose interest. Other than that I think it´s a wonderful book and I recommend to anybody who likes a good, twisted murder mystery that was cleverly crafted! But also, maybe not for the more sensitive as lots of sensitive things were contained in this book. Even it got a raise of eyebrows from me-that how it could possibly mention things so crazy, somewhat kinky, surprising, and explicit.😳 That it made me not ever want to go to India! It even made me curious to search up if India has a large crime rate, which it does! Besides that I actually liked it, but since I haven't read any other Private books from James Patterson I was a bit lost in the beginning! 😭

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117 reviews6 followers

July 26, 2014

“Private India” is possibly the first (of many) story of the detective agency Private India (the Indian branch of Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe run by former CIA agent Jack Morgan) with Santosh Wagh in charge. Santosh’s team consists of his assistant Nisha Gandhe, technology geek Hari and Mubeen, the forensics expert. Santosh is never at santosh (peace) with himself, blaming himself for the accident in which his wife and child were killed, and drowning his despair in drink. When a lady is found strangled in a hotel room, the hotel management calls Santosh to the scene, and he starts investigating.

Like other novels by James Patterson, the body count rises and the murders are clearly by the same hand. The story develops at breathtakingly high speed in short chapters that end in cliff-hanger situations. How are the murders connected? Are the victims connected? What is the significance of the different symbols found with each body? Read the book and find out.

On getting a preview copy from Ashwin Sanghi, I thought I would savour it like a fine drink, but found myself tearing through the book, eager to know what happens next. Ashwin Sanghi has provided the right Indian background and one feels one is travelling through Mumbai’s posh area and slums, hobnobbing with the rich and poor. Pakistan’s terrorist attacks on India also find place in the plot.

Yes, there are references which give me hope there could be prequels and sequels to Private India. The protagonist Santosh even has his version of the Baker Street irregulars and he mentions thugs and thuggee in detail, the first reference I have seen in a novel after John Masters’s ‘The Deceivers’ (made as a movie in 1988).

The novel also has some quotable words, e.g. “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” But even when rushing through the rollercoaster ride called Private India, I tripped across some minor errors. While US spellings are used, “omelette” is British, the sentence construction is not pure US, and the murderer is boiling eggs the wrong way (read it to figure it out). Just as Ashwin mentioned the errata in the earlier editions of his “The Krishna Key”, I am confident he will insist on ironing out these minor wrinkles in the next edition.

Yes, it is a great book and worth reading again to appreciate how the plot has been knit and the reader misled into suspecting one and then another as the murderer. Complete all your tasks before you begin this book, else you may miss your flight, date, or conference
Dear Ashwin and James, may your partnership flourish and more power to your word processors!


340 reviews27 followers

December 29, 2014

I love James Patterson! I rarely read a book of his that disappoints me. But Private India was an exception. One thing I like about Patterson 's books is that the perpetrator of the main plot's crime is never revealed until the author wants to. Not here. I realized the person immediately upon being introduced in the plot. Also, Patterson always has a twist at the end. Not here. The end was just a tidying up. My recommendation is not to waste your time. And to James Patterson, please never use this coauthor again.


340 reviews5 followers

August 21, 2014

Not the best, nor the worst in the Private series of books. The plotline was adequate and provided a nice twist, but the characters were mundane and forgettable - and there was a lot of them to keep track of. From a standalone novel viewpoint, I suspect a newcomer to the series would struggle to understand the 'Private' concept from this offering. Certainly not one I would recommend as a standalone novel, but adequate as part of a broader offering the reader was familiar with.


W e n d y : )

7 reviews7 followers

September 2, 2022

This was my first James Patterson book. I really enjoyed it and it was nice being a quick read.

Simone Perren

94 reviews42 followers

October 13, 2016

Having just finished reading this book I decided to give it a four stars because it gripped me as with all of the Private series and I was interested until the end to see how it all wrapped up. However, I read this in April/May and now looking back on it, I have absolutely no idea what happened. In order to remind myself of what happened, I have read multiple spoiler reviews on Goodreads to try and bring out the storyline into my head. A lot of those reviews had the same opinion as I do, this book is very forgettable. Honestly, I have now decided to lower my rating to 2 stars.

Star Rating: 2/5

From what I can remember, I enjoyed the diversity of these books, a trait which is present throughout this series. I like the fact that diverse characters as well as diverse authors are brought in as main and supporting characters. There is a big conversation throughout Booktube at the moment involving Diversity within books and I believe James Patterson and his co-authors have achieved this.
The main character in this book though, Santosh Wagh is particularly unlikeable, in my opinion. I have noticed a trend in my reading opinions recently and I really don't like reading about alcoholic/substance dependent characters. It's just not for me, I find it irritating when the narrative constantly goes back to the character drinking and hiding his/her behaviour from his friends/family/colleagues. Not for me!
This story follows the Mumbai branch of Private racing to find a serial killer who has murdered nine women from very different walks of life, who have no obvious connections, but unusually the killer leaves behind strange objects at the murder scenes. I personally don't know a lot about Indian culture, religion or spirituality but the explanation of the killer's intentions seemed a little off to me. I wanted more in terms of the cultural connotations of the killer's though processes. I didn't get that which saddened me.
I have also mentioned before that I'm not really a fan of the killer having chapters describing what he is doing and his motives. It almost spoils the book for me because I want to find out as the investigators discover it. This was made worse in this book by the sheer obviousness of the killer's identity. I knew from the moment the character was introduced that they were the killer! NO SPOILERS I PROMISE! That irritated me also!
Overall this book didn't live up to my expectations of the Private series and I almost wish James Patterson had just left this series at the previous book.

Prity Malhotra

140 reviews51 followers

August 14, 2014

With Private India, Ashwin Sanghi has finally sold his Soul to the Devil..or rather to James Patterson.The Reason why I am saying this is because this book is an exact copy of his Earlier Book Krishna Key. In Krishna Key, a Guy who considers himself Krishna's reincarnate is on a Killing spree whereas in this Book, the killer is a hater of Goddess Durga, killing women & decorating them as Durga's Nine Forms.

What makes this Book a snooze-fest are the numerous Cliches this book is so filled with :
1) Bomb Attack Plan on Mumbai.
2) Typical Blame games.
3) Killings done one by one with no Evidence at Hand.
4) Showing how Politicians & the Rich & the Famous are involved in Rackets & how Cops have their hands tied.

Even if you Ignore this Cliches, the Characterisation fails you further. The Characters are so badly sketched that you don't love them nor hate them. The Characters are swearing all the time unnecessarily. Furthermore James Patterson strips Ashwin for what he is famous for: the Historical Track. Their is no Historical track in this Book, which Ashwin Sanghi is famous for. I give this Book 1 star. I think even James Patterson is disappointed with this Book, no wonder he is not doing any Publicity for this Book.

PS: If you hv read Krishna Key, then I suggest you avoid this Book.


184 reviews28 followers

July 24, 2014

Move aside all you small time Indian detectives! India has got its own hi-tech detective agency. Private India is the Indian chapter of one of the world’s finest PI agencies, headed by Jack Morgan. Santosh Wagh is its Indian head. With a rather Dr. House-like character and a love for his drink, Mr. Wagh is a brilliant PI with a murky past. His aides are Nisha Gandhe – an Ex-cop turned PI and the attractive lass that every PI team needs, Mubeen the medical expert and Hari the unusual techie with a macho build.

The story begins with the murder of a woman in a rather stagey fashion. But contrary to the cops’ initial belief, they later find out that the killer is on a killing spree. They need to find the killer not just to stop further killings but to save Mumbai from much larger threats! Read the full review here.


561 reviews18 followers

November 25, 2014

Private India

When I first started this book it took at least a quarter of the way through to really get into it or really understand what was going on. I feel like the book started in the middle. Although I wasn't thrilled with it at first it ended better than it started so for that reason I gave it three stars.


145 reviews823 followers

October 23, 2016

James Patterson wrote this novel? Should I believe Ashwini Sanghi wrote this novel?
"Thriller" from renowned crime-thriller writers, really?
Honestly, I feel too generous to rate it with a star. Prostitution, smuggling, ties with Pakisthan, is that all you have in mind to say about Mumbai? Sheer disappointment. :/

Vikas Singh

Author4 books312 followers

March 17, 2017

Racy and Saucy this is Perry Mason, Agatha Christie and Nick Cater rolled into one book. The murder idea is interesting and original. This book is best savored if you read the end first


Benjamin Stahl

1,999 reviews57 followers

December 28, 2017

I am well aware of the James Patterson controversy. While I admit I genuinely enjoyed his earlier thriller Along Came a Spider, I have little respect for him these days: what with his mass-produced, ultra-commercialized collaborations which very well may have brought the term "airport lit" into existence. What on earth possessed me to read this then? I mean, just looking at it, just reading the back synopsis, it not only sounds dreadfully cliched (alcoholic detective? Check! Catch the killer before he strikes again? Check!! Seemingly purposeless, though chillingly precise methods of displaying the victim? Check!!!)

Secondly, I have more than reasonable doubts as to Patterson writing this book anyway - despite his name printed boldly on the front cover.
And so, again. Why did I even read this?

Well sh*t. I just felt like it. That's all I really can say.
And as for reviewing it, well ...

Did I like it? No.
Was it terrible? No. Not really. If anything, it was too boring to be terrible.
Does it make me hate Patterson even more? No. Hardly.

I suspect I will still enjoy at least the first few Cross novels. But this one - which I know was probably written by the Indian-sounding "collaborator" and yet would like to just imagine it was Jamey boy anyway - this one, I say, was nothing to write home about. I wonder if I would have preferred to have hated it. That is generally more fun.


Parwati Singari

126 reviews15 followers

August 20, 2023

Finally last evening it reached my hands. Private India by Ashwin Sanghi, I then find out with this being the narrative of the India operations of Private Inc. The cover appeared very tourist Bombayish unlike the usual, vibrant mysterious covers of Ashwin Sanghi’s book.
Title Private India
Authors Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson.
PublisherRandom House India.
The story opens with the death of a Thai Surgeon, and is followed by nine seemingly unrelated murders. The onus of solving this rests on Private India’s chief Santosh Wagh a man whose loyalty oscillates between Jack Morgan the boss of Private international and Johnnie Walker.
Santosh Wagh’s team is made up of Hari Padhi a cyber forensic expert, Muben Yusuf a medical forensic man, and Nisha an ex-cop and on field investigating personal.
One interesting take was that the musing of the murderer is in first person. Ashwin Sanghi does make a faint presence felt with the underlying theme of the Navadurga—not the standard form but the Tantric version. Though an incomplete reference to the Thugee cult is used as a red herring.
Somewhere in the 13th chapter is a blatant clue, and in the 20th chapter a blatant red herring. The killer leaving behind clues that tie up to the navaratri navadurga is very shallow and not really convincing.
The plot and characters are pretty predictable. The shady politician manifests as Nalin D’Souza. The cop and underworld nexus, the busy husband whose wife has an affair with his best friend. Of course a Don who is patriotic.
There is also a very insipid attempt to look into the psyche of the killer, abandoned child, abused childhood and revenge motif that is not very convincing either.
There were some interesting quotes like “one woman’s hobby could be another woman’s hubby.” And “there are always second chances—both for metal and men”
The book lacks the usual depth of Ashwin Sanghi’s knowledge of Indian history and rituals or the raciness of his writing or even the rawness of his language. The climax was bit of a letdown and too many loose ends were left unattended to.
Thankfully graphic sex scenes are not present. However does make a good read.
A great book to take along on a long journey.
I have just one question... Where Are You Ashwin Sanghi? I Don’t Feel Your Presence In The Book!
About The Authors.
Ashwin Sanghi is a Mumbai based entrepreneur by profession but writes historical fiction in the thriller genre. He has had his education in Mumbai and holds a master’s degree from Yale. He is currently working on his PhD. Website.
James Patterson--
This book was a complimentary copy sent for reviewing by

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Donna Lewis

1,386 reviews18 followers

May 16, 2024

This is a remarkable James Patterson Private franchise book steeped in the dichotomy that is Mumbai. There are the very colorful celebrations, particularly, the nine-day festival of Navratri, and the excitement of the premier cricket stadium. There are chauffeur-driven Mercedes-Benzes, and the overcrowded Mumbai Local train carrying eight million commuters daily. Private’s high-tech offices that are disguised with a shabby exterior.
There are gated communities with guards patrolling the manicured grounds, and there is “Asia’s largest slum—Dharavi—was spread over a square mile of Mumbai and over a million wretched souls called it home.” The red light district houses some fifty thousand prostitutes. However, the most disturbing location is the Tower of Silence on Malabar Hill, where hundreds of dead and decaying bodies are lined around a pit to provide food for the vultures.

India has 1.2 billion people, with some 22 million in Mumbai. The police have turned over a great deal of crime fighting to Private. Jack Morgan is in town and gets caught up in a search for a serial killer, while simultaneously trying to stop a massive devastating bombing. Murder, gangsters and corruption abound. “Over thirty percent of Members of Parliament have criminal cases pending against them.”

The result is a fast-paced exciting look at an exotic Private agency.

Actually, I just noticed that I read this book in 2014, giving it 3 stars.
(Previous review: “It has taken me forever to read this book because every time I sit down to read, I fall asleep. Actually, I am glad I made it to the end. The last few pages were interesting.... However, I was forever getting the names mixed up. Also, reading about some aspects of Mumbai were very depressing. And, the big hero, Jack!?! I liked the previous Private books a bit better.”)
Well, I liked it better this time, although I still got the names mixed up.

Sandeep Sharma

Author101 books68 followers

November 4, 2014

Well, it was truly unexpected to see the collaboration of such great talents in the same genre, James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi. It was truly a pleasure to see the ‘Private’ series getting expanded to India as well. Like everyone else, I too had great expectation from this collaboration and finally here’s what I feel.

First look towards the cover is enough to give you goosebumps. Gateway of India and Taj Hotel explaining that the main theme is based on Mumbai and that regular frame for ‘Private’ series books, man looking behind and running. And finally the Tag line, “It’s the season for murder in Mumbai.” Now that give you the motivation to pick up the book of 470 pages.

Now talking about the storyline. Story picks up it’s momentum pretty early without wasting any time and keeps up the pace till the end. The whole story is divided in small chapters, which helps you to switch over the scenes pretty quickly. Now the font is kept large enough to make it a quick turner and that’s the another beauty of this awesome thriller.

Ashwin Sanghi has given this book a mythological/ancient Indian touch and with that he claims his presence over the storyline. This book speaks about the sparkling lights and darkest sight of Mumbai as well. James Patterson’s Private Department is impressive as always and throughout the book, it’s pretty difficult to guess the murderer.

The only reason that I am taking off 0.5 ratings and not giving it 5 is that I expected much more than what I got. Maybe I expects a lot. But overall, this book is awesome.

Dhwani Swadia

262 reviews49 followers

August 24, 2014

full review here:

It has been a while since I picked up a good murder mystery, so when Blogadda sent this book over for a review I was ecstatic. Also the copy is Author signed! :)

The book is fast paced and the chapters are just two or three pages long, which means every time you feel like putting the book down a little voice says: But the next chapter is just 3 pages! And so you continue and it takes immense self disciple to put down the book as you need to do some real world work too. The book is very easy to read and the bigger letter size helps one to read faster!

The story has not just one, but a series of murders happening in Mumbai in a short span. All ladies from different walks of life are found dead and the only way to tell that they are done by the same murderer is that he leaves a signature yellow scarf around the neck of the victims along with few random objects.

Along with this there is a subtle larger plot of ISI and bombing, which makes it all the more interesting as the readers are not given a clue as to why this is going on.

Also along with the familiar streets of Mumbai, we see subtle glances of Indian Mythology weaved intricately into the story line, which was a first and interesting twist.

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Preethi Venugopala

Author31 books155 followers

August 20, 2014

The book is a fast paced thriller and managed to keep me turning the pages till I finished the tale.
In true Ashwin Sanghi style, the characters and the settings are well researched. Being an expert on mythological and historical thrillers, there are glimpses of untold history that keeps the reader engrossed in the tale. I don’t know how the collaboration has worked between the two authors or how much each has contributed to the work, but it has succeeded to churn out a winner.
Verdict: Though murder mysteries are not my favorite genre of books, this one managed to keep me glued till the end. The language is simple but not dull.
If you are among those who love to read mysteries where guns and gore play god, this is just the one for you. Go ahead and grab the book for a thrilling read.


517 reviews12 followers

April 22, 2017

This book, though has the names of both James Patterson & Ashwin Sanghi on the cover, feels to be entirely written by Ashwin Sanghi and promoted using Patterson's name. This is a trademark Ashwin Sanghi thriller with a series of killings with symbols connected to Hindu mythology. There is nothing refreshingly new in this novel. The only thing working in its favour is that the chapters are short and the action is fast enough to hold the reader's attention.


924 reviews167 followers

February 17, 2018

This book was almost a 2.5* for me but the twist at the end brought it to 3*. Have you ever read a series and just couldn���t wait to get your way through one of the books just so you can move on to a better book in the series? The Private series has a couple books like that: the two being Private London and Private India. However, as I said the first ¾ of this book was meh but the twist in the last quarter made it better.

My quick and simple overall: the ending saved this book.

Pierre Tassé

521 reviews66 followers

October 27, 2017

I found this book hard to follow. It started with names and, of course, the plot. Culturally, I could not relate, nor understand some of the nuances. If it is just me, then my apologies to the vast readers of Patterson....


2,296 reviews258 followers

December 2, 2014

A "Private" continuation of the severe downward spiral of this franchise since "Down Under." 0 of 10 stars

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