The Caretaker by A.X. Ahmad

Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

As thrillers go, The Caretaker is pretty meh. The premise is not too original, the bad guy not too scary, the climax not too…climactic. But I am still excited to read the second book in this newly minted series, because I think I see real possibilities for the protagonist. Ranjit Singh is an ex-Indian Army captain, illegally living in the United States and battling moral, cultural, and family pressures. I like him immensely.

In this, The Caretaker reminds me of Louise Penny’s book Still Life, the very first Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery. That book, too, was a rather clunky first effort by a talented writer, with a gem of a sleuth at the center. Now, ten books into the series, Gamache is as famous and beloved as Poirot, and Penny is rolling in the proverbial (Canadian) dollars. I sincerely hope author A.X. Ahmad can do something similar with Ranjit Singh, and I think they both have the chops to pull it off.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC AHMAD)

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