Thursday, January 31, 2013
Review of The Caretaker by A.X. Ahmad
I have really enjoyed this debut novel featuring a disgraced sikh named Ranjit living in Martha's Vineyard trying to make ends meet and do what's best for his family. While living in the house of his boss Congressman Neal, a duo of masked entruders break in looking for an antique doll. The contents of the doll is so important that Ranjit's family and life and are threatened until it's return. I really don't know where to start with this novel. It is very well-written. I could not tell that I was reading a debut novel (except maybe towards the end). It's evident that Ahmad was aware of pacing, character development, and believeable actions and reactions. The characters were well developed and the conversations between those characters were not forced or stilted.