Book Review: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line – Deepa Anappara

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is a compelling story about a series of child disappearances from a poor slum in India. We see the events through the eyes of 9 year old Jai, which to me was pivotal to the book’s whole charm and appeal. Jai is determined to solve the mystery of the disappearances, following in the footsteps of his favourite TV detective show. Jai has an innocent stubbornness that drives him on to find out more and by doing so reveal the plot to us. We come to really get a soft spot for Jai, who sees this all as an exciting adventure to embark on with his friends. I think if it had been narrated by a character who knew the true dangers facing the children, this story would have been too bleak.

Overall I loved this book, but there was something just missing from it for me. Maybe Jai’s perspective was just a bit limited and could have been complimented with another layer. Although saying that, we do get glimpses through the eyes of the missing children themselves. So perhaps I’m nitpicking too much – even so I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Many thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review an eCopy of this book.

Sophie @Sophie_Jo_Books  📚 🐾

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