Book Review-Heart Quake

Author: VijayaKarthikeyan

Publisher: Rupa Publications

No Of Pages: 151

Genre: Political Thriller,Medical Thriller


Once upon a time there was a city plagued by greed, corruption and mysterious deaths…

A patriotic IAS officer, Vikram, decides to expose a corrupt and powerful minister, Rudra Pratap Rana (aka RPR), during the latter’s visit to the IAS training academy. The video of Vikram asking the minister some highly embarrassing questions in front of a packed auditorium goes viral.

Instead of having Vikram suspended from service, a vengeful RPR unleashes violence on the officer’s family, and to continue the torture, RPR gets Vikram posted as the sub-divisional magistrate in Laxmipur—the politician’s backyard.

As soon as Vikram joins duty, RPR resumes his vengeance. However, a new drama unfolds when a large number of people start dying of heart attacks across Laxmipur. As Vikram tries to unravel these mysterious deaths with the help of Veda, a cardiologist, and Raghu, a police officer, extreme panic grips the city, which soon leads to riots and pandemonium. Vikram is left with no other choice but to risk his life to get to the bottom of this mind-numbing situation.

Join Vikram in this fast-paced thriller as he fights to save Laxmipur from HEARTQUAKE.

Book Review

I would like to thank Vinfluencers and the author for the review copy. My review here is honest and unbiased.

This is one such book where I  finished it in few hours. Even though the book is real short,definitely I must admit that it is the plot and narration which glued me well to itself to finish it in a go.

This book has light moments, gripping task, thrilling encounter, humiliation, humor, wit and what not. The story just branched out perfectly to give its own sense of fruit.

The story was arranged on a political arena but the limelight was only on the medical thriller. The two genre mixture was amazingly blended. 

Author being himself a medico-bureaucrat made the plot logically acceptable. We all have been the victim of corrupted politicians and delegates at some stage. Few characters seems to be one among us while reading it. Few characters but had commendable space in and for the story. I should definitely tell about the light moments in the book. A close knitted thriller had time for humor and romance and didn’t disturb the essence of the plot. I had smile actually.

Author was amazingly amazing at one point. The point when Vikram IAS makes an appointment to visit the doctor for his health issues, that was a smart approach to hint his readers how the story would unfold. That was one secret which I expected to have twist at the end. But well I was not disappointed when it turned out to be an dead end. Other way I completely enjoyed the way it was meant to be.

Overall “Heart Quake” is a full-on action on pages with determined plot and protagonist being true to itself and oneself.


About the Author

Dr K. Vijayakarthikeyan is a medico turned bureaucrat well known for his hugely popular initiatives as an IAS officer and has won several awards and accolades for his pioneering work in land, solid waste and urban management.

He has authored three Tamil bestsellers, Ethum Doorathil IAS, Adhuvum Idhuvum and Orey Kallil 13 Maangai. On sunny weekends, he can be found wreaking havoc on the cricket ground with his explosive batting and deceptive spin.




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