A Closetful of Skeletons
by Tanushree Podder
A Closetful of Skeletons claims to reels you into a bloody murder but the murder is not as bloody as I supposed. Ramola, a former film star, cocooning at her new home in a scenic hill town Ramsar, invites five persons from her past to her Birthday party, setting their heart aflutter by promising a surprise announcement. Her murder, soon after the announcement that she is going to publish her memoir, has jangled nerves among the people of Ramsar. Five persons are the prime suspect since they are upset that memoir will ruin their careers. Then starts the probe by a nascent Police officer, who was also in love with Ramola, assisted by a doyen of investigation- a retired colonel.
Until the murder, the story is mundane and introductory. Although the murder and the way mystery unshrouded is not as piquant and tortuous as it could have been in a crime thriller, it won’t disappoint you as the second half of book i.e. the post-murder part will keep you on tenterhooks till the last page and it will not do injustice to your curiosity. For me, language is satisfactory except the employment of recondite vocabulary at times for which I took dictionary’s help. I won’t say that the investigation part is sterile but it could have been crafted more ingeniously. As a whole, the story is not the expected cliffhanger but a good read anyway. Moreover, it exhorted me to shove myself into a cozy world of a more crime-mystery thriller.
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