Title: The Curse of Mohenjodaro
Author: Maha Khan Phillips
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Maha Khan Phillips’ The Curse of Mohenjodaro is an evocative, meandering tale that creates an intriguing milieu. There are familiar elements in this story — an archaeological dig, people dying in a mystery fire, an ancient civilization, a fanatical cult, a super-successful writer of teen horror, a blond assassin, a discovery that hints at an adventure — but they are synthesized in a fresh way in this keenly observed, quietly powerful novel.
It all begins with a university-backed excavation at Mohenjodaro, when the young intern, Layla, apparently blows up the entire team. Later she goes missing and it is up to Nadia to go looking for her missing half-sister. Along the way she picks up Liam, Layla’s teammate from the expedition. Together they set out to look for the missing sister. Then there’s Jaya — a girl who frequents Nadia’s dream. She is undoubtedly connected to the Mohenjodaro mystery.
The narrative of the book is such that it goes back and forth between two time frames. But there is nothing that confuses the reader. The material is enhanced by the author’s well-realized rendition of time and place. Khan Phillips’ detailed world-building provides plenty of insight into the world of 3800 BC Mohenjodaro. The flow of the events makes it a page turner with a decent plot and good characterization. There isn’t really anything I can fault about the book and I’d recommend it as a must read for 2017.
About the Author:
Maha Khan Phillips is a multiple award-winning financial journalist and the author of Beautiful from This Angle and the Mystery of the Aagnee Ruby. She grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. She has a bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations and a master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent at Canterbury. In 2006, she completed a master’s degree in Creative Writing from City University in London, where she currently lives with her husband and son.
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