25 November, 2017

#BookReview :: The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee

Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths. 

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

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ACP Agni Mitra is back after a gap. In The Shadows of Death was the first in the series which I quite enjoyed. So, I picked up this book with certain expectations.

When the sweetheart of Tollywood (Bengali movie industry) is murdered, all eyes are on the state police and they are under tremendous pressure to solve the case quickly. ACP Agni Mitra is put in charge of this high-profile case which at first seems like a case of random violence. But soon other murders are connected to the case and the pool of suspects keep increasing. Was it the husband? Or was it the husband’s jilted ex? As Agni Mitra takes charge, his tenacity is tested.

The book starts with a bang as the readers are provided with an inside look at the rape and murder of Hiya Sen. The plot then keeps evolving, right till the climax. There’s not a dull moment in the book or a place where the pace lags. As such, the book proved to be a fast read. The plot has been laid out and executed well. With bits and pieces of information being revealed slowly from time to time, the readers playing the whodunnit game while reading are kept engaged. I like how persistent Agni Mitra is. He always delves deep into a case and never takes anything at its face value. I guess that is a plus point for a good detective. 

The lucid language and smooth flow of the narrative in the book is a plus. I do think that except for the character of Agni Mitra, which is constant in both the books, the author has done a much better job in The Colours of Passion when compared to In the Shadows of Death.

Additionally, the author has taken the time to weave in a social issue as well. I will not divulge what the message is about, but I do hope that the readers will make a note of it.

Review Copy received from the Author

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