Dead to them

#qotd : Favourite missing thriller story

Rating : โญโญโญโญ/๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Thank you Smita Bhattacharya for the review copy


Moira Madhwa is an epitome of good wills and virtue. Beautiful, strong, independent and successful she leads a life that one aspires. Based in Mumbai, she works in a multinational company in a reputed post. Life is fine until a fine morning Himanshu, her boss asks for her whereabouts. Her colleagues suddenly then realise they too havenโ€™t seen her for a couple of days. Some think she might have gone for an assignment, some vacation while some start wondering whether thereโ€™s something wrong with her. All of them start investigating by their own means and supports. Gaining pace as the plot speeds up it is found that this isnโ€™t the first time she wasnโ€™t on track. The last year she had a terrible nervous breakdown and had not shown up to anyone for weeks. It seems there are many who think that it is the same problem that she is facing and may come in a few days while on the other hand there are many who believe there are deeper facets that need to be discovered.

As the chapters unfold, we realise there are many skeletons coming out of the closet and realisation dawns on us that things are not as easy and simple as they seem. Each character hides something or the other, making everyone suspect everyone. Relationships start falling apart and next what happens is heavily unpredictable and takes everyone by surprise. Gradually the secrets start unearthing themselves.


1) Unputdownable

2) Tightly packed

3) Amazing plot

4) Well chalked out characters where each one is important not overshadowing the other

5) Just when you seem to know everything, you understand you know nothing

6) Language is simple along with pretty good narration, though in the beginning the pace was a bit slow but gradually it gained speed

7) Every character is built up with such intricate detail and care making them contribute heavily to the plot

8) The cover with the gravestone apparently indicates a death but the title hints towards some ominous impending doom

9) Treats you to rainfall in Mumbai

10) Throws some light on loneliness and prohibitions set up by oneself

11) Sends shivers down your spine

12) With twists and turns thereโ€™s nothing obvious in the book a must read for everyone.

13) Only thumbs down for a few grammatical mistakes here and there.


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