When TV actress Shagun Seth mysteriously dies in a beauty parlour in Mumbai, her mother slams murder charges on Shagun’s banker husband Chetan Seth. Chetan’s family suspects that he is being framed and requests private detective Mili Ray to investigate. As Mili and her lawyer-associate Gatha start work, Chetan is released on bail. Soon after, Shagun’s mother is killed! Is Chetan responsible for these murders? Mili probes deeper and unravels shocking secrets buried beneath Shagun’s world of glitz that leave her baffled. An insecure boyfriend, an estranged husband, an opportunist colleague, a cunning TV producer – Shagun was surrounded by Haters. Even her twelve-year-old son didn’t want to see her alive. Why did everyone hate Shagun? While meandering through dysfunctional family upheavals and dark showbiz sagas, ex-super cop Mili Ray also struggles to tame her own internal demons. Will she be able to solve her second case as private detective or succumb to pressure and hang up her boots? “Who killed the murderer?” is a gripping psychological thriller that will hook you right from the first page.
Generally, murder mysteries are about one-two-three killings around the idea of whodunnit or whydunnit. In this story though, there’s a super clue in the title of the book and there are numerous murders. The protagonist, Shagun Mehra is murdered and later her mother and TV producer friend are killed too. Is there a serial killer on the loose? Or did Shagun’s husband Chetan Seth kill her and shut all evidences as suspected?
Who doesn’t love a well-plotted, juicy murder mystery that entails complex brainstorming and Moitrayee Bhaduri doesn’t disappoint. The story germinates in Shagun’s childhood, how a school trauma affects her entire life ahead and changes her as a person. Revealing more would be doling out spoilers, so I’ll refrain from that. But, as a reader, you should read the early chapters carefully for clues later. Shagun grows up to be an obnoxious person whom most people hate, including her son. It’s an extraordinary characterisation of a beautiful, successful woman living in an empty shell otherwise. Readers can guess why and how Shagun behaves, but the characters obviously don’t. And yet, positioned at this advantageous state, you can’t predict who murdered Shagun.
Enters Mili Ray the ex-cop turned detective to investigate the murder. The interesting thing that I noticed is Mili isn’t like the usual poised detectives. Instead, she’s a real one, with her own internal demons to fight with. I haven’t read the #1 Mili Ray book, so I’m not aware of the background. But I liked Mili, though I’d have liked to read a little more about her. The other characters are well drawn too and support the story. I liked the idea of the climax, but was waiting for a little more of the build-up to justify it. I’m sure the author had her own reasons to proceed like the way she did. Her detailing is quite good and I’d surely like to read more of her works. Just a little complain from a reader/editor – the book could well have been edited a little better.
Recommended for lovers of good thrillers.
My Rating: 4.25/5
About the author:
Moitrayee Bhaduri is an author, screenwriter, and content specialist. She loves reading crime thrillers as much as she enjoys writing them. Her first book, The Sinister Silence (2015), introduced the feisty private detective Mili Ray. Before switching to a full-time writing career, Moitrayee worked with organisations like IBM, Deloitte, Oracle and RS Software, among others, for 15 years. An alumna of Loreto College and Jadavpur University, Moitrayee also has a certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. Currently a resident of Kolkata, Moitrayee divides her writing time between Mumbai and Kolkata. She is passionate about music, and loves dogs. She blogs at http://www.itsmyworld-moitrayee.blogspot.com.
Language: English, Genre: Fiction / Mystery
Author(s): Moitrayee Bhaduri
Publisher: TreeShade Books, Year Published: July 2019
Binding: Paperback, Edition: First, Pages: 214
- ISBN-10: 9389237017
- ISBN-13: 978-9389237016
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