Anand Ranganathan is a scientist and an author. He has written three books, all novels: The Land of the Wilted Rose
(Rupa, 2012), For Love and Honour
(Bloomsbury, 2015), and The Rat Eater
(Bloomsbury, 2019; co-authored). His forthcoming book is on India's forgotten scientists (Penguin, 2023; co-authored).
One sultry Mumbai night, business tycoon Mihir Kothari takes a bite of a soufflÃ© and drops dead. According to the CCTV footage, celebrity chef Rajiv Mehra is the killer. It seems like an open-and-shut case.
Or is it?
A catastrophic accident on the day the chef is to be hanged allows him to escape and, driven by an inner calling, pursue a new life. Chased by shadows he thought he had left behind, torn by spurned love, the chef
returns in search of the real killer so that he can prove his innocence. But there is a problem. Unknown to him, the killer has chosen his next target: the chef himself!
SoufflÃ© is a rich, layered thriller that explores life, love and the passions that motivate people to do unexpected and impossible things.
'If this psychological, compelling and unpredictable novel doesn't keep you hooked, give up reading'