Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup

12 Sep

Published by HarperCollins Canada, 2009
Reviewed by Colleen McKie

When Vicky Rai, corrupt son of the even more corrupt Home Minister of Uttar Pradesh is acquitted of the murder of bartender Ruby Gill, he decides to throw a huge party celebrating his victory. The celebration six_suspects doesn’t go as Vicky planned when he is shot dead. The police have six suspects, each caught with a gun at the party. As they await the ballistics report, the police question each of the suspects, in an effort to find out who killed Vicky Rai.

This was the most unique murder mystery that I have read in a long time. In fact, while Vicky Rai’s murder is at the core of the central plot I’d almost be tempted to categorize Six Suspects as more of a character study. It is definitely a character driven story.

The majority of the novel is spent introducing the reader to the six suspects. We get to see each of the suspects’ background stories, individual motives and the evidence against them. Swarup used various writing styles to help make each of the six suspects’ voices clear. Some of the characters are written in first person while others are written in third person. Still other characters have their stories written as phone conversations (which was a bit confusing by times) and diary entries.

The conclusion of the murder mystery had a wonderful twist to it that I totally didn’t see coming. Yet it tidied up the novel neatly and realistically.  Whether you’re looking for an intelligent murder mystery or a unique study in character, Six Suspects is a super choice.

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