Silent Witness by Sharmishtha Shenoy

I received Silent Witness by Sharmishtha Shenoy as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Akhil Garg, a real estate developer in Kolkata, dies after drinking a can of soda bought from a local superstore. Others who drank soda from the same superstore suffer food poisoning too, but Akhil is the only one to die. Is Akhil’s death an accident? Akhil’s real estate company, Garg Developers, is insured for a hundred crores, and his business partners, who are also his family and close friends, stand to gain tremendously from the insurance payout if his death is proved accidental. The owner of the superstore is Mr. Bagri, a poor relation of the Garg family, whom Akhil had insulted just a few days before his death. Did Mr. Bagri take revenge by poisoning Akhil? Or was it a tenant whom he was trying to evict? Or could it be his flamboyant nephew Dinesh, who resented and despised him? Bad blood can destroy dynasties. Akhil Garg’s mansion was protected by high gates and security measures designed to keep bad elements out. But what if the enemy was within? As the investigation proceeds, a blood bath starts as one by one, the partners and employees of Akhil’s company start dying. There are suspects aplenty, and Vikram Rana has the challenging task of identifying whether Akhil’s death was an accident or a homicide.

The story:

Detective Vikram Rana who is in Kolkata for a vacation with his wife and daughter when an insurance company approaches him to look into the death of a builder, Akhil Garg. The payout is a huge sum of money and the beneficiaries are many.

So with the help of his friend, Inspector Lobo, who has been assigned the case by the police, he sets out on the journey of finding the culprit from amongst the suspects.

My take:

I loved the story and Kolkata and the various Bengali dishes described in the book, this book really pulled me back to Kolkata and its streets.

There are many characters and each character is complicated. Though they are related to each other, yet they are jealous of each other. And as we think, we know who did it, there is a twist in the tale.

The language is simple and easily understandable and the story moves at a fast pace. The descriptions, be it of the persons, places, food or even the weather, are detailed. And as the plot becomes twisted, the book becomes unputdownable.

I loved the book and would recommend it.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

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