63/100 of #100bookpact The Thirty Nine Steps – John Buchan
I guess it was time I picked up a murder mystery after a long time – couldn’t find one with names like Agatha Christie or Doyle so picked up this lesser known one but what a delightful book this one turns out to be. Unbelievably engaging as the name suggests. Right when Mr. Richard Hanney thought his life was boring as a Mining Engineer after making quite a decent amount of money with nothing much to do in his leisure time in London, an unknown neighbor shares with him a secret that could take his own life. The neighbor plans his own murder in such a way that he wouldn’t die but will get a permanent escape from his enemies whose secret he now knows which could lead to a sort of countries at war. What Richard has got to do with all? is more interesting as the very next day the guy is killed and our own Mr. Richard becomes the suspect (Of course he knows the secret now) and not only the police but the “Enemy” too is behind him. He has 20 days to survive and get to the D day before he could confirm the reality of the secret himself before turning in to the right people who could stop it. What happens next is a seriously amazing Cat, Mouse and Dog chase game – simply unputdownable and it gave me another sleepless night as I didn’t want my brain to work out the alternates or the endings – so end up finishing it in one straight sitting. Its a must must read if you like thrillers and suspense, too good, not to be missed at any cost.