No, I haven’t read his debut novel yet but his second work of fiction is best described as a philosophical potboiler.
Why does 17-year-old Unni, the charismatic son of a UNI journalist in Chennai, jump to his death?
It’s a riddle his alcoholic father would have to solve by questioning Unni’s classmates, a nun who has taken a vow of silence, and a corpse among others. Add to the mix a woman who talks to walls and a young boy who knows what Pele’s real name is.
Manu Joseph uses his characters well to present a pacy whodunit — or rather, whydunit — that is worth your time.