Jan 25, 2022

First Chapter: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

 
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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara, February 4, 2020, Random House. Award winning novel based on a true story, a mystery set in the slums of India. 

CHAPTER I
This Story Will Save Your Life

 

When Mental was alive, he was a boss-man with eighteen or twenty children working for him, and he almost never raised his hand against any of them. Every week he gave them 5Stars to split between themselves, or packs of Gems, and he made them invisible to the police or evangelist-types who wanted to salvage them from the streets, and the men who watched them with hungry eyes as the children hurtled down railway tracks, gathering up plastic water bottles before a train could ram in to them.  

 

Publisher description: Nine-year-old Jai ... decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from episodes of Police Patrol to find a missing schoolmate,...ventures into some of the most dangerous parts of the city. But kids continue to vanish, and Jai and two friends must confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and soul-snatching djinns in order to uncover the truth.

My review on goodreads:

Djinn Patrol on the Purple LineDjinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Realistic, eye-opening, heart breaking. Life and survival in the slums through the eyes of a ten year-old boy who decides with two classmates to become detectives and find out why and how children in their settlement have begun to disappear. Good character development that allows you into the hearts and minds of the people in the slums.


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14 comments:

  1. I would read on. Definitely. It sounds compelling.

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    1. I'm on the second chapter and I want to go on reading!

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  2. Yes, it sounds interesting, and the setting is different.

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    1. A different kind of plot and setting, definitely.

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  3. This sounds really good and mysterious. I would definitely keep reading.

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    1. The mystery aspect got my attention right away.

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  4. Would definitely read more and I was happy to find it on my Kindle too. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I saw it on somebody’s website. Can’t remember whose, but I was so taken with it I got it right away from the library.

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  6. I just finished reading this book, and it was so good! I'm very glad I continued on with it. I think it'll make my top ten list at the end of the year.

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  7. Sounds intriguing. I'd keep reading and I like the cover. Enjoy!

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    1. Thee is another beige and rose colored cover but I think this one is more dramatic.

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