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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
When a young Indian woman plummets to her death, the police rule it a suicide, but her family disagrees and hires a close friend to find her killer in the riveting suspense novel, The Brotherhood (The Brotherhood Chronicle) by Tejas Desai. After leading a life of debauchery, Niral returns to his home and religious roots. Training to be a detective under a retired cop and family friend, Niral is living in his parents' basement. When one of Niral's childhood friends commits suicide, their Hindu community is grief-stricken and skeptical about the cause of death. Unconvinced that Priya killed herself, her brother hires Niral to investigate her death. However, the more he looks into Priya's life, the more suspect her family and friends seem, especially her brother and fiance. Was Priya doing something that put her life in danger? Or did she deny her religion and commit suicide?
Filled with action and drama, The Brotherhood (The Brotherhood Chronicle) by Tejas Desai is a thrilling suspense novel surrounding members of a Hindu religious organization. Although I am unfamiliar with the Hindu religion, the account is reasonably self-explanatory, and the story coherent and engaging. Anything I was confused about was explained in one of the addendums. Cleverly inserted at the beginning of the book are a map of Queens and a list of the characters, and a glossary, study guide, trivia questions, and answers are included at the end of the book. It is a stimulating novel that will entertain those who have a penchant for suspense and thrillers. Due to the nature of some of the scenes, it is more suitable for young adults and above.