11 June, 2018

#BookReview :: Dead to Them by Smita Bhattacharya

Dead to Them by Smita Bhattacharya

Moira Madhwa is the typical young, beautiful and successful urban woman until the day she goes missing. Her friends start looking for her, but quickly realize nothing is as it seems. Moira had kept devastating secrets—secrets that could wreck their lives if revealed. As days roll by, one by one, skeletons tumble out of closets, and each of Moira’s friends’ looks guilty. But did one among them hate her enough to do the worst?

A nail-biting, psychological suspense thriller, Dead to Them weaves a web of deception, lies, and paranoia in the city of Mumbai, where every face hides a dark story and uncovering it can lead to disastrous consequences.

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Mystery, suspense and thrillers have always been my favourites.  And so even though I am fighting a huge back log, I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to read this one. 

The book ‘Dead to Them’ is narrated to the readers through multiple points of view. When Moira goes missing, we are given the pieces of her life through her friends. It is left up to the readers to take those pieces and complete the picture before the reveal at the climax. What do you do when you are provided with snippets of a whole story? How do you connect and make sense of them all? And who do you trust when each person in the story have their own motives to do away with Moira? 

What I liked the most about the book was its narrative and presentation. There were parts were Moira’s voice shone through and there were parts where I could hear the voices of the other characters trying to tell their side of the story. It took me a while to get settled with the flow of the story, but once I got used to it, it was a smooth flow from thereon. It took me a couple of chapters only to get the rhythm of the story.

Characters are where the book is a bit of a hit and miss. We kind of expect the protagonist to shine through in a book. In this case, Moira did not really make an impression on me till the second half of the book. On the other hand, while the supporting characters each had their own quirks, it was difficult at times to discern whose voice it was. Frankly, if each character wasn’t named with the dialogues, I would have trouble understanding the difference. They are all (almost all) painted in the same colours.

Besides the fact that I wished for a bit more fleshing of the characters, this book was quite entertaining. And that ending… The ending of the book is quite an interesting one. So yes, Suspense and Psychological suspense lovers, do give this book a try. 

Review Copy received from the Author

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