Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Private India (Private, #8)” as Want to Read:
Private India (Private, #8)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Private India

(Private #8)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  11,221 ratings  ·  1,048 reviews
In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.

For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world's finest investigation agency, it's a race against time to stop the killer striking again.

In a city of over thirteen million, he'd have his work cut out at the
Hardcover, 476 pages
Published August 28th 2014 by Century
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Private India, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Fatema Panvelwala You can understand the book as a separate book (I did). There is no connection to the previous ones. "Private" is the name of their investigation agen…moreYou can understand the book as a separate book (I did). There is no connection to the previous ones. "Private" is the name of their investigation agency which has multiple branches and "Private India" is their Indian branch.

However, I did not really like the book. The flow does not seem very natural. It seems like some scenes were dragged and detailed unnecessarily.
I haven't read any books by James Patterson before, but I have read an Ashwin Sanghi - Chankya's Chant and I expected a much better written book.

P.S. the twist at the very end was nice, but the book was far too long.(less)
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.38  · 
Rating details
 ·  11,221 ratings  ·  1,048 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Private India (Private, #8)
Nov 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I don't think James Patterson even wrote this novel. It didn't read like his other ones and I couldn't keep track of all the names of the characters in this book. The book was very hard to get in to. ...more
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
The pages do turn themselves.

I started reading this at 2 in the midnight in a hostel when I stumbled into someone's collection.

The plot was captivating and held me back from wandering to the arms of sleep. The story is fabricated with neck breaking pace. The character sketches are neat and clear.

Despite having read a lot of thrillers, I can proudly say that I hadn't deciphered the end until the author decided. Thus, the backstories and the flipping of the suspicion from one character to the othe

Once again murder is the theme of #8 in the Private series. Private India focusses on women being murdered with one common object. But head of Private India, Santosh Wagh can’t make head nor tail of the killer’s motives – there doesn’t appear to be a connection between each of the victims. When Private’s founder, Jack Morgan, was in the country and suddenly implicated in the killings, Santosh knew the race was on. The killer had seemingly set a challenge – could Santosh defeat it?

Private I
Aditya Parashar
Aug 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
The written word has appealed to me since I could remember reading. But books like these disappoint in so many ways, it makes you feel lost. There is no cohesiveness in the plot, characters need not be flawed just to make them appealing and more importantly there was no take-away. But then again is this what new-age fiction supposed to be ? No less than toilet paper ?

Kindly do give the book a miss, unless of course you are on the watch list of the Mujahideen and they say life or Private India.
Raksha Bhat
A thriller novel for me is when I finish reading it I have to pinch myself to realize that I have. PRIVATE INDIA by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson was more or less one. When two writers of the same genre from different corners of the world team up to write a collaborative fiction we have a lot for a good debate. It is easy to figure out who has contributed what to which section of this story if you have read their previous works. I could guess where the mythology came from and where the pace ...more
Jaideep Khanduja
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it

Book Review: Private India by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi: 9th Murder

Reading Ashwin Sanghi’s is a treat to enjoy as usual. Private India is a jointly written mystery by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson, the two masters in mystery fiction. This is a 116 chapters and a little below 450 pages book. Chapters are short and crisp. Usually for a book with so large number of pages, flow of fiction story and keeping readers hooked towards the plot of mystery
October 2015 view: Couldn't have been much of a memorable read a few months ago, as it was not until half way through it, that I realised I read it earlier this year! Yet…. Still an OK read! 6 out of 12.

June 2015 view: Private book No. 8 - Private India is composed of an eclectic group of investigators, they're on the hunt for a ritualistic 'Thugee' serial killer. Good read. 6 out of 12.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Private India” is possibly the first (of many) story of the detective agency Private India (the Indian branch of Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe run by former CIA agent Jack Morgan) with Santosh Wagh in charge. Santosh’s team consists of his assistant Nisha Gandhe, technology geek Hari and Mubeen, the forensics expert. Santosh is never at santosh (peace) with himself, blaming himself for the accident in which his wife and child were killed, and drowning ...more
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love James Patterson! I rarely read a book of his that disappoints me. But Private India was an exception. One thing I like about Patterson 's books is that the perpetrator of the main plot's crime is never revealed until the author wants to. Not here. I realized the person immediately upon being introduced in the plot. Also, Patterson always has a twist at the end. Not here. The end was just a tidying up. My recommendation is not to waste your time. And to James Patterson, please never use th ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Not the best, nor the worst in the Private series of books. The plotline was adequate and provided a nice twist, but the characters were mundane and forgettable - and there was a lot of them to keep track of. From a standalone novel viewpoint, I suspect a newcomer to the series would struggle to understand the 'Private' concept from this offering. Certainly not one I would recommend as a standalone novel, but adequate as part of a broader offering the reader was familiar with. ...more
Simone Perren
Having just finished reading this book I decided to give it a four stars because it gripped me as with all of the Private series and I was interested until the end to see how it all wrapped up. However, I read this in April/May and now looking back on it, I have absolutely no idea what happened. In order to remind myself of what happened, I have read multiple spoiler reviews on Goodreads to try and bring out the storyline into my head. A lot of those reviews had the same opinion as I do, this bo ...more
Prity Malhotra
Jul 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
With Private India, Ashwin Sanghi has finally sold his Soul to the Devil..or rather to James Patterson.The Reason why I am saying this is because this book is an exact copy of his Earlier Book Krishna Key. In Krishna Key, a Guy who considers himself Krishna's reincarnate is on a Killing spree whereas in this Book, the killer is a hater of Goddess Durga, killing women & decorating them as Durga's Nine Forms.

What makes this Book a snooze-fest are the numerous Cliches this book is so filled with :
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Move aside all you small time Indian detectives! India has got its own hi-tech detective agency. Private India is the Indian chapter of one of the world’s finest PI agencies, headed by Jack Morgan. Santosh Wagh is its Indian head. With a rather Dr. House-like character and a love for his drink, Mr. Wagh is a brilliant PI with a murky past. His aides are Nisha Gandhe – an Ex-cop turned PI and the attractive lass that every PI team needs, Mubeen the medical expert and Hari the unusual techie with ...more
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Private India

When I first started this book it took at least a quarter of the way through to really get into it or really understand what was going on. I feel like the book started in the middle. Although I wasn't thrilled with it at first it ended better than it started so for that reason I gave it three stars.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
James Patterson wrote this novel? Should I believe Ashwini Sanghi wrote this novel?
"Thriller" from renowned crime-thriller writers, really?
Honestly, I feel too generous to rate it with a star. Prostitution, smuggling, ties with Pakisthan, is that all you have in mind to say about Mumbai? Sheer disappointment. :/
Benjamin Stahl
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
I am well aware of the James Patterson controversy. While I admit I genuinely enjoyed his earlier thriller Along Came a Spider, I have little respect for him these days: what with his mass-produced, ultra-commercialized collaborations which very well may have brought the term "airport lit" into existence. What on earth possessed me to read this then? I mean, just looking at it, just reading the back synopsis, it not only sounds dreadfully cliched (alcoholic detective? Check! Catch the killer bef ...more
Parwati Singari
Finally last evening it reached my hands. Private India by Ashwin Sanghi, I then find out with this being the narrative of the India operations of Private Inc. The cover appeared very tourist Bombayish unlike the usual, vibrant mysterious covers of Ashwin Sanghi’s book.
Title Private India
Authors Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson.
ISBN 978-0-099-58639-5
Publisher Random House India.
The story opens with the death of a Thai Surgeon, and is followed by nine seemingly unrelated murders. The onus o
Sandeep Sharma
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, it was truly unexpected to see the collaboration of such great talents in the same genre, James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi. It was truly a pleasure to see the ‘Private’ series getting expanded to India as well. Like everyone else, I too had great expectation from this collaboration and finally here’s what I feel.

First look towards the cover is enough to give you goosebumps. Gateway of India and Taj Hotel explaining that the main theme is based on Mumbai and that regular frame for ‘Private
Dhwani Swadia
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014, i-own
full review here:

It has been a while since I picked up a good murder mystery, so when Blogadda sent this book over for a review I was ecstatic. Also the copy is Author signed! :)

The book is fast paced and the chapters are just two or three pages long, which means every time you feel like putting the book down a little voice says: But the next chapter is just 3 pages! And so you continue and it takes immense self disciple to put down the book as you need t
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This book, though has the names of both James Patterson & Ashwin Sanghi on the cover, feels to be entirely written by Ashwin Sanghi and promoted using Patterson's name. This is a trademark Ashwin Sanghi thriller with a series of killings with symbols connected to Hindu mythology. There is nothing refreshingly new in this novel. The only thing working in its favour is that the chapters are short and the action is fast enough to hold the reader's attention. ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was almost a 2.5* for me but the twist at the end brought it to 3*. Have you ever read a series and just couldn’t wait to get your way through one of the books just so you can move on to a better book in the series? The Private series has a couple books like that: the two being Private London and Private India. However, as I said the first ¾ of this book was meh but the twist in the last quarter made it better.

My quick and simple overall: the ending saved this book.
Nov 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
A "Private" continuation of the severe downward spiral of this franchise since "Down Under." 0 of 10 stars ...more
Vikas Singh
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book
Racy and Saucy this is Perry Mason, Agatha Christie and Nick Cater rolled into one book. The murder idea is interesting and original. This book is best savored if you read the end first
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I did not buy this book. This one was picked up by my brother, to whom I said to not to buy anything else I tell. But he wanted to buy at least one kg to round off the money figures. So this come to my house, and the first reaction of mine was .

Read complete review on my blog :
Inderpreet Uppal
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had almost given up on reading this book and reviewing it for Blogadda! Yes, I live in one of the more obscure parts of this country and the mail gods rarely smile there! The book was not delivered once and later I had to pick it form the courier office but the extra effort was all very worth it. The persistence of Blogadda finally made it possible for me to read this bestseller.

This is my first book by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson and they make a formidable team together. The book is set
Aniruddh Janardhan
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ashwin Sanghi is supposed to be India's Dan Brown. Quite clearly, he is not. Whatever you may say about Dan Brown, his books don't read as though fourth graders have written them, with frequent peppering of new words learnt that day.

My brother gave me this book, primarily because it is set in Mumbai. Having lived there all my life - the premise was exciting: crime thriller through the shady areas of Bombay. Sadly, I was disappointed within the first chapter itself. The writing was an extraordin
Paula Dembeck
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
This installment of Private takes readers across the world to Mumbai India, once known as Bombay. It is a city with thirteen million people and a different culture, which this time presents Private with a crime wrapped in historical detail, myth, violence and corruption.

Fifty-one year old Santosh Wagh is in charge of Private’s branch in India. He is a man who has suffered a personal loss, one filled with guilt and shame so deep it has driven him to seek solace in alcohol but he is an expert inv
Vandana Choudhary
This book is about the murders taking place in Mumbai mysteriously.In Mumbai,people were dying strangled in almost the same manner and with really strange objects.And then they come to know that there may be an even greater danger facing Private India.Hidden in the shadow is someone who could destroy the whole organisation-along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.
Mr.Santosh Wagh,head of Private India,the Mumbai branch of the world's finest investigation agency and his team members includ
Ambs ❤❤
Sadly, at first, I was really bored. However, I stuck with it, and things picked up quite a bit. The end had a whirlwind conclusion. I have noticed I tend to struggle when many of the names and/or locations are so similar sounding (i.e. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) - don't get me wrong, I love the stories, I just get confused sometimes).

What I really like about some of the books in the Private series is the diversity. Many are set in a different country, and James Patterson see
Mahoghani 23
In order for a series to be good, one thing is needed to keep it fresh....any ideas? I don't think that James Patterson was on the right track with this one. There is so much going on, you kind of lose track of whose working with whom, trying to understand the cultural celebrations as well as religious beliefs, drugs, crooked cops, prostitution.....

The author attempts to instill multiple scenarios within the story so that the end will tie up the beginning. You first have to make it through the b
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Please add cover to this ebook : Private India 3 15 May 21, 2018 10:44AM  
2015 Reading Chal...: Private India by James Patterson 7 32 Mar 05, 2015 01:47AM  
Awesome Mind Struck 1 18 Sep 01, 2014 11:07AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Sialkot Saga
  • The Krishna Key
  • The Rozabal Line
  • Chanakya's Chant
  • The Vault of Vishnu
  • God is a Gamer
  • Keepers of the Kalachakra
  • A Caller's Game
  • Insomnia: Keep Your Eyes Open (SHORTZ)
  • R. N. Kao: Gentleman Spymaster
  • Fraudster
  • The Bankster
  • Private L.A.: by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan -- Review
  • The Mahabharata Secret
  • Suheldev & the Battle of Bahraich (Indic Chronicles #1)
  • The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret
  • Mastaan: The Fallen Patriot of Delhi
  • Hell's Gate
See similar books…
Official US Site
Official UK Site
JIMMY Patterson Books

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. He has sold over 380 million books wo

Other books in the series

Private (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Private (Private, #1)
  • Private #1 Suspect (Private, #2)
  • Private Games (Private, #3)
  • Private London (Private, #4)
  • Private Berlin (Private, #5)
  • Private L.A. (Private, #6)
  • Private: Oz (Private, #7)
  • Private Vegas (Private, #9)
  • Private Paris (Private, #10)
  • Private Rio (Private, #11)

Related Articles

It’s time to turn your attention to something dark and twisty, to a story (or two or three) so engaging, the pages just fly by. In short, it’s...
82 likes · 20 comments
“One only realizes the value of air when one is deprived of it and one only begins to value life in the face of death.” 1 likes
“It is said that politics is the second-oldest profession in the world but that it bears a close resemblance to the oldest,” said” 0 likes
More quotes…