- Language: English
- Genre: Murder Mystery
- Pages: 228 Pages
- Format: Paperback
- Author: Shouvik Bhattacharya
- Publishing Date: December, 2017
- Publisher: Bloomsbury India
- ISBN-10: 9386643723
- ISBN-13: 978-9386643728
Rich and young Esha Arora, director of Arora Cements is brutally murdered in her family home which she shares with her step-brothers and sister. All the family members and servants were inside the home at the time of her murder. Her ex-boyfriend, CEO of a rival company and few of her employees were also present there to attend a board meeting. After the initial investigation, police suspects that it’s an inside job which means one of them is the killer. But all of them have alibis. Driven by rage & sorrow, two of her step-brothers decide to find out the real murderer who killed their beloved sister.
To be honest, I was a little bit skeptical when I received this book for review from Bloomsbury India. I know it’s annoyingly stereotypical of me but I don’t like Indian murder mysteries much. I prefer to read Bengali detective stories rather than English ones. If you read Bengali books, try out books written by Bangladeshi authors. Most of the Indian English authors try to ape the western novels and in the process forget to add essential Indian flavor to their story.
But this book was a positive surprise. I was completely hooked from the first page itself and never lost my interest until the last page. From the servants to the actual murderer, all of the characters in this book are extremely believable. The brilliance of the characters lie in their simplicity which makes it easy to accept them.
It is a narrative driven fiction. It’s almost impossible to read this story in a laid-back manner. While reading the book I was rushing through the chapters in an alarming rate. I read throughout the night and finished the novel in one sitting. Author feeds you little information all through the book, so that you keep jumping from one character to another, fully certain that, this person is the killer. But just when you are about to be completely sure, he twists the story completely and leaves you befuddled. So until the final dramatic unmasking of the killer you won’t be able to confirm your suspicions. You can almost feel author extending a challenge to the readers to try and solve his inextricable murder mystery.
To be honest, I had my suspicions. As God of Detectives, Sherlock Holmes once said, ‘Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.’ Though all the characters had little bit of background story, certain character’s back story was overly emphasized which added nothing to the story and it kind of gave the game away. But I am not ashamed (and happy) to accept that I was little baffled during the climax because of sudden twist in the story.
However, I was really contented when my suspicions were finally confirmed. The most important clue was always before our very eyes, intelligently hidden behind the veil of alibis. Mr. Bhattacharya’s writing is simple and clever which makes the story irresistible. Background story makes it easy to understand and analyse the psyche of the characters. The Masala Bollywood movie ending is little bit clichéd. But other than that, the story is very interesting. I am glad that I read this book. Trust me, I am not exaggerating when I say that India’s current brigade of ‘famous’ detective authors can learn a thing or two from this debut author. I will definitely recommend this book to all the whodunit murder mystery lovers.
My Rating- 4/5
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