Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi introduce readers to a new Private
team in Delhi. Co-writer Ashwin Sanghi, one of India’s
bestselling authors, holds his own. Count to Ten
is a nail-biting thriller with a killer you hope will never
ever exist in your lifetime. The twists and turns are shocking
and nonstop. The India backdrop is intriguing and the characters
Morgan’s PI agency, Private, is often hired by big businesses,
government entities, the rich and famous, and anyone else
who can afford them. Private has offices in London, Berlin,
Sydney, Paris, Rio and now Delhi. Jack wants his friend Santosh
Wagh to run Private India with investigators Nisha and Neil,
but only if he’s conquered the Whiskey habit. Santosh
is a great lead character, but for me, Nisha and her daughter
stood out in this one.
storyline opens with a killer and his victim, then moves to
a young couple, a vacant building and dead bodies. When the
killer sees his latest victim take second to the vacant house
and bodies on nightly News he decides to kill again. The vacant
building is owned by the state, which has the minister and
the police commissioner at odds. Jack accepts the State’s
case after he’s approached by a high-ranking member
of government. Not everyone at Private thinks that’s
the smart move. It puts everyone in the middle of state politics,
media madness, and multiple murders. The Chief Minister handles
the press conference and leaked police reports. A News station
and reporter are more interested in politics than murder.
One reporter is adamant in destroying a local politician.
And a Private investigator is in danger.
to Ten moves in various directions in the first chapters.
The character introductions might seem a little confusing
at first, but as always, there’s a method to Patterson
madness, so pay attention. Once you get past the intro, the
rest is a gripping ride. Graphic scenes are scattered throughout
and each time they occur we get a hint of who and why.
Garewal narrates the audiobook version. He delivers each character’s
introduction perfectly and transports listeners effortlessly
into the storyline. From the killer’s bone-chilling
scenes to the heart-tugging moments with Nisha and her daughter,
Count to Ten is another dramatic listen with the