Book: A Minute to Death
Author: Ganga Bharani
Publisher: Half Baked Beans (July 2015)
Paperback: 140 pages
I was eagerly waiting for the thriller, “A minute to death”. Not only because the author Ganga Bharani is a co-blogger and a friend, but because I’ve read her debut novel, “Just you, me, and a secret”. After reading this novel, I’m glad to say it lives up to my expectation. A minute to death is a riveting thriller leading to an unanticipated ending.
The novel begins at the Raghavan colony where a young girl, Avanthika is found hanging in her room. An aspiring writer Riya also arrives there. She has persuaded her boyfriend Inspector Rohan to let her study the crime scene. How else can she write a realistic description of a crime scene in her novel?
Rohan has chosen this case as it looks like an open-and-shut suicide case. As he unravels the mystery that is Avanthika’s life, some things don’t add up. The mystery deepens as one more victim is found in similar circumstances. Have the girls really committed suicide or is there a serial killer on the loose? The plot keeps you guessing, and leads up to the unexpected climax, and a beautifully written epilogue.
I liked Inspector Rohan. He is honest about his feelings in personal life, and to his duty in his profession. Even when working on what seems like a straight forward suicide case, he takes into consideration every detail of the case. And when there is an incongruity, he pursues it instead of brushing it off. His girlfriend, Riya is a college student. Though she is far from mature, she is dedicated to her passion- writing. An impulsive Riya, and a serious cop, Rohan make a cute pair. However, their beautifully woven romance, at times, sidetracked the plot.
A minute to death has a unique, and thought-provoking plot. Though there are a few typos and continuity errors, they don’t much disrupt the flow of the story.
The author, Ganga Bharani, has an original voice and writing style. I like the way she writes engrossing twists, and turns without adding any unrealistic dramas or complications.
A minute to death is a thriller with a romantic flavour. I recommend it to everyone, who love to read intriguing plots, and mysterious thrillers.
Murder most foul or an open-and-shut case of routine suicide?
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?
* I received an advanced review copy from the author for an honest review.