Review: Her Nightly Embrace

Posted 2 November, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Her Nightly Embrace (Ravi Pi #1)
By: Adi Tantimedh
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA

The first in a trilogy of whip-smart novels—currently in development as a TV series set to star Sendhil Ramamurthy (NBC’s Heroes and Heroes Reborn)—about a destructive private investigator and his eccentric coworkers, who handle cases so high-profile that they never make the headlines.

Ravi Chandra Singh is the last guy you’d expect to become a private detective. A failed religious scholar, he now works for Golden Sentinels, an upmarket London private investigations agency. His colleagues are a band of gleefully amoral and brilliant screw-ups: Ken and Clive, a pair of brutal ex-cops who are also a gay couple; Mark Chapman, a burned-out stoner hiding a great mind; Marcie Holder, a cheerful former publicist; Benjamin Lee, a techie prankster from South London; David Okri, an ambitious lawyer from a well-connected Nigerian immigrant family; and Olivia Wong, an upper-class Hong Kong financial analyst hiding her true skills as one of the most dangerous hackers in the world—all under the watchful eye of Roger Golden, wheeler-dealer extraordinaire, and his mysterious office manager, Cheryl Hughes.

Thrust into a world where the rich, famous, and powerful hire him to solve their problems and wash their dirty laundry, Ravi finds himself in over his head with increasingly gonzo and complex cases – and the recent visions that he’s been having of Hindu gods aren’t helping. As Ravi struggles to stay ahead of danger, he wonders if the things he’s seeing are a delusion – or if he might, in fact, be an unrecognized shaman of the modern world…

I had no idea about this book until I received an ARC of it from Simon & Schuster CA. The premise sounded interesting and jam-packed with crazy happenings and it’s also being developed into a television show. I started reading this actually a few months ago whilst waiting at the dentist’s office; seemed like the perfect book to pass the time waiting. This book will be available on 01 November 2016.

Well, I was right in that it’s an easy read to sink into, kick back, and enjoy; I read through the first case in an hour. The book is divided to four sections, four different cases in which Ravi and the Golden Sentinels are hired to investigate different cases–a politician who thinks a ghost is haunting him, a missing daughter, amongst others. It’s interesting and fast-paced, nothing is what it seems and it’s just absolutely nutty, an aspect of his job that isn’t lost on Ravi. And to top things off he can see the Hindu gods, something that doesn’t quite make sense right now and why it’s happening to him, but it does colour the situation further. It should make for an interesting television show, especially how the book ends.

What also added to the experience of reading this book was the cast of characters. Ravi is a fascinating character with quite the background–definitely the last person you’d see become a private detective–and family life that weaves in and out of the story. Seeing the Hindu gods of course also adds to his character and his backstory and I’m curious to see how it plays in further in the next books. The other members of Roger’s Golden Sentinels are also interesting with their own respective backstories; each of them are highlighted with each story, but I feel we’ve only scratched the surface with these characters and they should be more fleshed out later on. Nonetheless I’ve enjoyed reading the scenes and camraderie amongst the characters, even Ravi’s home life.

Overall I really enjoyed Her Nightly Embrace. It’s fast-paced, the characters are quite the motley crew with great interaction (and did I mention diverse?), and there’s a lot of intrigue as well. The cases were interesting, though I wasn’t terribly interested in the last case (even though that case just blew a hole on what’s really going on in the firm that Ravi works for). I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a fast and interesting mesh of genres read, I look forward to the next installment in the trilogy as well as the television show and how the story will unfold there.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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