Book Review: ‘The Zamindar’s Ghost’ by Khayaal Patel

A haunting journey through history, mystery, and the supernatural.


Book Title: The Zamindar’s Ghost
Author: Khayaal Patel
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Number of Pages: 248
ISBN: 978-9356993020
Date Published: Jul. 27, 2023
Price: INR 194

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Book Review

Khayaal Patel’s “The Zamindar’s Ghost” intricately blends mystery, history, and the supernatural, creating a mesmerizing narrative set in the picturesque town of Ooty in 1933. The protagonist, Arjun Rana, reemerges after a six-year absence, inheriting his father’s zamindar role, unleashing chaos and suspense in the town.

Patel’s storytelling mastery comes to the forefront as he paints vivid descriptions, bringing the town and its inhabitants to life. The narrative unfolds within an ancient manor filled with eerie whispers, perplexing deaths, and a ghostly presence, weaving suspense and intrigue into the storyline. The characters, each harboring hidden motivations, add depth and complexity to the tale.

Amid the unexplained deaths that follow Arjun’s return, the townsfolk are divided in their beliefs, attributing them to a spy or the ghostly specter of Zamindar Digvijay Rana. This dichotomy captivates readers, keeping them engaged as the plot unravels.

While “The Zamindar’s Ghost” possesses occasional pacing issues and areas needing further development, Patel’s enchanting storytelling and the compelling premise overshadow these minor flaws. The book’s brilliance lies in its atmospheric setting, intricate characters, and a riveting plot that ensnares readers.

Despite criticisms about loose ends and banal language, Patel’s crime fiction work offers a unique take on the genre. The book’s focus on visuals and script-like pacing may appeal to those seeking a quick and visually engaging read. However, readers looking for an in-depth exploration of characters and plot development might find it lacking.

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In conclusion, “The Zamindar’s Ghost” is a fusion of genres, pulsating with an irresistible air of intrigue. Patel’s narrative, though not without flaws, presents an extraordinary tale for enthusiasts of crime fiction, offering a fresh perspective.

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