Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A Closetful of Skeletons by Tanushree Podder | Book Review

To Sum Up! 

A Closetful of Dresses is probably what you expect while you think of women who have been in limelight. But a Closetful of Skeletons? The author surely has coined the perfect title for a not so perfect, but a good attempt of a murder mystery novel.
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Five men are on their way to a hill station, where Ramola, a fading movie star, waits for them to make an announcement that will change their lives forever. Ramola withdrew from the public eye at the peak of her stardom. Now, surrounded by retired couples spending their twilight years gardening and gossiping, her life is idyllic. Or at least it was, till the night of her birthday party, when she announces that her tell-all memoir will soon be published. The book, documenting her rise to fame, puts each of her ex-lovers’ careers in jeopardy. As each desperate man tries to save himself, Ramola is drawn back into the very web of lies and deception she’d left behind. By the time the party is over, Ramola’s neighbour, retired army officer and amateur sleuth, Colonel Arjun H. Acharya, has found his first murder to solve. A Closetful of Skeletons reels you into a cosy world of fresh mountain air, long-drawn bridge games and bloody murder.

My Review! 

Due to the amazing cover and apt title, the reader begins the book with high expectations which is hardly met. Also, while reading mystery novels we have an innate tendency to compare it with Agatha Christie. Well, if you do not do the same, I Bet you will enjoy this gripping thrilling and tantalizing read. Ramola is the perfect embodiment of a woman with a rounded character, a woman who has had her share of past, present and plans for future - none of which are constant or similar! The present she lives seems quite peaceful and calm, contrasted to her rowdy past that she slowly unveils throughout the novel. And the future? Well. To know that you need to grab a copy here !

The novel is pretty fast paced towards the end and beginning but it does get a bit boring in the middle. Also, apart from Ramola, no other character is rounded and seem very flat. Some improvisation could have given greater dimensions to the novel. However, I was too impressed with the writing style to DNF the book, so I eventually gave it time and voila! I rate the book 4*/5*. I am pretty sure the author is capable of much better work in future.