Friday, 6 October 2017

Book Review : The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee

Being a Bengali girl, I was brought up reading and watching tales of Feluda and Byomkesh Bakshi. In case you are unaware so as to who they are, they are famous sleuths of Bengali Literature. When I opened Sourabh Mukherjee's Colours of Passion, it didn't take long before I got the vibes of a thriller, mystery novel that I would go on to unveil.

The first chapter almost opens like a prologue, apt for even filming with a man who lies injured on the street. And it almost takes a psychotic turn of events where a man clicks a "selfie" with the actress they have just murdered! One simply has to have a gulp down the throat before proceeding further into the story, which moves on with a slower pace in the chapters that follow.

ACP Agni Mitra investigates the case of the rape and murder of Hiya Sen, a tollywood actress. As the murder occurs just a few days into her marriage, a reader would surely think of the exes of the respective partners to account for the incident. When two more murders follow, Agni suspects a connection between the three murders of  Hiya, Lakhan and Mayank. In the course of the investigation, Agni Mitra goes around interrogating a wide number of people, each present with an alibi and apparently no strong motive of murder.

What caught my eye was the underexpressed yet the presence of a former Tolly diva, Rituja. My conscience drove me to several conclusions why she could have been the treacherous conspirator. However, that would certainly have a few loose ends, and the revelation doesn't really take place till the last few chapters of the book, making it such an exciting read till your fingers rest on the 237th page.

However, I did feel Mukherjee is capable of much better a writing style, having read his former collection of shorts. Despite being a little slow paced in the first quarter, the overall writing style is fast paced, apt for readers who prefer finishing books in a few sittings. Also, brownie points for how he has portrayed my Kolkata, often when I walk down the street I can see the events flashing before my eyes.

Rating - 4 / 5