I received the book An autograph for Anjali by Sundari Venkatraman as a gift from the author and I would like to thank the author for the same.
Jayant Mathur is found murdered in his bed, shot at point-blank range with his own revolver. Though she’s extremely disturbed by his death, Jayant’s wife Anjali is way more upset about something else. Who stands to gain by killing the multi-millionaire businessman?
Parth Bhardwaj is a friend and neighbour of the Mathurs. Parth is an author who goes by a pseudonym. He appears more than a friend to Anjali; while he’s also on good terms with her son Arjun who lives and studies in UK. What role does he play in Anjali’s life? Jayant’s relatives are curious to know.
Jayant’s brother-in-law Rana is convinced that Parth and Anjali are the murderers. But Inspector Phadke has his own doubts about this theory. In comes Samrat, the private detective who appears as quiet as a mouse. Will he be able to find the murderer?
Will Anjali find happiness and peace?
Anjali married Jayant Mathur when she was nineteen and he, an aspiring businessman. They have a son Arjun. She has been the perfect wife, taking care of his needs and his family. Now, twenty years later, Arjun is studying in England and Jayant has no time for her and they start to drift apart.
And then one day, Jayant Mathur is found dead on his own bed, killed by being shot by his own revolver and that too from a point blank range. She calls up Parth Bhardwaj, their neighbor and friend and he manages everything from calling the police and informing Arjun and the rest of the family.
Who stands to gain from the murder? Who did it? And the investigation begins.
A murder is what we witness at the beginning of the story and what follows is the actual story in flashback. I liked the way the author has narrated the story and this actually made me think and rethink as to how to present the story in the review.
The language is simple and the story moves very fast with scenes changing with each short chapter (91 in all). The characters have been developed beautifully. The author has described their feelings in details.
Anjali is not the doormat we assume she is and the relationship she shares with her son is very open and sweet. Arjun is an ideal son concerned about his mother and discussing things frankly with her. Jayant was one person that I did not like much, I even felt sorry for him because maybe that was the way he was brought up. I hated his brother in law, who did more harm than good. And Parth was what kept the family sane.
I cannot divulge more because I am scared of letting the cat out of the bag. Go ahead, read the book, I am sure you will not get disappointed.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.