Saturday, 19 September 2015

Book Review: A Minute To Death

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Title: A Minute to Death
Author: Ganga Bharani
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Pages: 130
Price: Rs. 125
My Rating: 3.5/5

Young, vivacious and an aspiring writer, Riya wants nothing more from her longtime crush/boyfriend than to let her in on one of his exciting investigations. After all, what better source material for a book than a real life tragedy? No-nonsense veteran cop, Rohan picks a case of probable suicide to satisfy Riya's needs. Little does he know that there is more to this case than meets the eye. What made the victim hang herself at the break of dawn? What is the secret that her group of friends is hiding? Will Riya be able to salvage a workable plot for her upcoming novel out of this case of seemingly simple suicide?

There are a lot of mystery novels in market but there are only few which turn out to be a page-turner and thrill. A minute to death is one book which lives up to the expectations. 

I came across 3 sample chapters that were published on Facebook as teaser and honestly they served the purpose right. Although a lot could not be told from the 3 chapters but they definitely acted as a hook to read on to rest of the story. 

The story revolves around Riya, an aspiring writer and Rohan, her no-nonsense boyfriend. Rohan introduces Riya to a crime scene for her book and what initially seems like a open-shut case, turns into a full-on murder mystery with various angles.
The story offers the readers what they want - mystery, thrill, love and romance. There are so many options that readers can think with respect why murders (yes more than one) are happening. Throughout the novel one keeps on prodding on reason but the truth turns out to be completely different. I liked the way it ended - intense but totally justifying the story.

Talking about characters, Riya and Rohan make a cute pair and their love story is beautifully written. The moments they share are romantically drafted, however it some points I felt the need of murder mystery more than the love scene. At times it side-tracked, but if you are not so glued up on murder mystery, you would like it.

It is pretty quick read and can easily be finished in one sitting.

The only drawback of the book is that it has a few typos which one can ignore given the intense flow and outstanding plot

My rating - 3.5/5

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