This was a buddy read with my friend Rekha, an intellectual and analytical blogger with her reviews. We decided we would read 10 chapters everyday and discuss it out. Do check out her views too as we read the book piecemeal.
First 10 chapters
The book started with a murder mystery, a whodunit as reminisced by Gayatri Bharadwaj a year later.
Both of us agreed that the starting was entertaining, but it was too descriptive (one sentence had 32 words) and it had a lot of hindi words. To navigate through this path, it took us time and patience to get to the juicy bits. (Oh bear in mind I do speak Hindi pretty well.)
Rekha felt it seemed like an afternoon soap, and I felt it was too formal a language. (My parents never spoke that way)
The next 14 chapters
The investigation proceeded well, getting the alibis sorted, talking to the various suspects by SP Vishwanath Sharma. There was a major twist at the end of this part.
Both of us enjoyed the investigative parts, but there was too much of unnecessary description marring the prose and some discrepancies which disrupted the story.
The last few chapters
The story came to an end with some twists which were entertaining. The story reached an unexpected expected end. You have to read the book to understand this!
Both of us agreed that that the investigative parts were interesting, and it kept the plot alive. The story though started slow, but we had to read it to the end to get to the killer. And that was the beauty of the prose and author Neena H Brar’s writing.
A Bollywood potboiler of sorts of the 1970s. There are a lot of hindi words used. To me it felt like being transported to the theatres in 1974 (oh yes! I was alive then and the stories I can tell….)
Now you have to read that here
My detailed review would come later at the end of the blog tour as a very special person had some major inputs in it.
About the Author
Neena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favorite books.
A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader.
Tied to Deceit is her debut novel.
Author Contact Details
On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.
As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.
Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.
The blog tour can be followed here