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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Iris is a work of fiction in the crime genre. It is aimed at mature readers and was penned by Chand Svare Ghei. The book follows the life of Special Detective Kenneth Johansen through a series of excerpts from his life as an investigator as well as glimpses of the person his career has turned him into after work hours. Moving between Kenneth’s investigation that takes him around the globe and his attempt to make sense of his inner thoughts about the world he lives in after the death of his wife, the book depicts both the investigation of a lifetime and the broken man doing the investigating.
The prose and writing style employed in this book are fascinating, choosing to tell the story through events that feel like excerpts from a classically told thriller interspersed with an in-depth character study of the lead character. It’s a bold gamble to tell a mystery story in such a way, but Chand Svare Ghei has the literary pedigree to pull it off. The discussion of philosophy included in the study of Kenneth’s life is of highly spiritual wisdom, but the author is keen not to give readers all the answers to the questions that the book poses. Instead, the ideas of this book must be solved by the reader as if they were an ornate puzzle that requires deep consideration. Iris is an accomplished thriller with an edge of your seat investigation spanning many countries being undertaken by a complex and haunted lead character. It demands the reader pay attention and consider the things it has to say, and I’d happily recommend it to all.