The Poacher by Neilay Khasnabish Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): ‘The Poacher’ is a story of a police sub-inspector, George Hazarika, who explores the hidden world of poaching. George, who thinks there is a link between the murder of Dr. Hemant Saikia and poaching, visits Kaziranga as a photographer to solve the murder mystery. Dr. Hemant Saikia was an eminent wildlife enthusiast and editor of ‘The Kaziranga’. George stays among the local people of Kaziranga and discovers many hidden activities in there. Following all the clues that he got, he finally happens to solve the mystery. Although the characters are fictional, this work is based on the author’s personal experience and research on poaching at Kaziranga. The story narrates the menace of poaching that has endangered the existence of the wildlife, and especially the existence of one horned rhinos.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given The Poacher by Neilay Khasnabish two out of five stars ⭐️⭐️

As per the description from Goodreads above, I enjoy reading about experiences from authors and can appreciate when an author has researched thoroughly into a topic, but unfortunately this book wasn’t for me.

I found the storytelling didn’t captivate me into the story, I thought it was quite rushed and the events that unfolded happened sporadically which became confusing. I found the writing to be stilted and the narration slow. I had to re-read certain parts of the story as I couldn’t remember quite understand what was happening.

I found it hard to connect with the characters, especially the main character George Hazarika. I didn’t find him fascinating or interesting, for that matter, so following him on the journey to solve a murder mystery was quite difficult to keep entertained.

It was interesting to find out about one horned rhinos and Kaziranga. I liked the description of Kaziranga throughout the book as I found it easy to picture the beauty of the place. This book definitely touched on my feelings towards poaching and I found myself becoming angry towards the discovery of the poachers in Kaziranga.

Have you read The Poacher by Neilay Khasnabish? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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