Listen free for 30 days

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

Three weeks ago I was only a schoolkid, but now I’m a detective and also a tea-shop boy....

Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he’s smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job).

When a boy at school goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from episodes of Police Patrol to find him. With Pari and Faiz by his side, Jai ventures into some of the most dangerous parts of the sprawling Indian city, the bazaar at night and even the railway station at the end of the Purple Line. But kids continue to vanish, and the trio must confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and soul-snatching djinns in order to uncover the truth.

©2019 Deepa Anappara (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

‘'A moving and confident novel about the preciousness of life." (Nikesh Shukla)

"A brilliant debut." (Ian McEwan)

"Djinn Patrol is storytelling at its best." (Anne Enright, Booker-prize winning author of The Gathering)

What members say
Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    13
  • 4 Stars
    8
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A Powerful Novel Giving Voice to the Children

This was a moving, powerful novel that through the voices of the children living in the poorest sections of an Indian city confronts a horrific reality in the disappearance of children. It was in places painful to read but I felt an important novel that deserves a wide readership.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A perfect part coming-of-age, part detective story

I absolutely loved this audiobook after having enjoyed reading the book. Listen to it now!

2 people found this helpful