Saturday, December 10, 2016

Book Review:: ‘Shadow In The Mirror’ by Deepti Menon


Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Readomania 

Blurb:
It all begins with a death. Nita, a pregnant woman falling from her balcony becomes the string that unravels the plot. Her death casts a shadow over many lives; her heartbroken father, her husband and Vinny, a young journalist, drawn in by the whiff of foul play and murder.


What follows are stories within stories, eras and worlds colliding with each other, leaving behind splintered relationships and mesmerizing slices of lives that appear to be drawn together and driven apart by the whimsical threads of destiny. 

As events cast their shadows ahead to link the stories of Vinny, Kavita, Roma, Krish and Nita in an unrelenting knot, a journey starts to uncover the truth. What is the secret that links Nita’s death to the other characters? Will Vinny be able to unravel the mystery of Nita’s death?

From intimate diary entries and letters, to bantering over a meal and sharing memories while spring cleaning, this novel de-familiarizes the ordinary, presenting a kaleidoscope of our own pasts, broken edges and pulsating hearts.

My Review:
‘Shadow In the Mirror’ is an intricate tale of complex relationships, personalities and circumstances, which lead to tragic death of a woman. The writer has taken a different approach of delving into the backstories to solve the crime, but given the storyline I would classify it as more of a mystery than a thriller.

Nita plunges to her death from her twelve-storey apartment and everyone rules it a suicide due to prenatal depression. Vinny a journalist follows her case and finds a note at her doorstep stating it was a murder. From there the story spans decades in flashback telling us the backgrounds, upbringing, childhood traumas, insecurities, motivation of various characters around Nita. The circle completes with Krish, Nita’s husband, confronting the murderer.

Vinny’s is a modern day, career oriented woman. The author has etched her character and motivations magnificently. I liked the twist given to the killer’s life and it really hit me hard when it was revealed. That main chapter 'Shadow In The Mirror' is brilliantly written. The language is simple and breezy. 

The plot takes you from 1958 to 1994. There were some inconsistencies in the timelines, but it doesn’t take away from the narrative. There are a few characters which were not necessary for the plot-line and took away the attention for a while. I would have loved if the plot had stuck to main plot and characters especially Kavita’s.

All in all, the story is fast paced and keeps one hooked. A good read for readers who like mystery and suspense.






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About the Author

Deepti Menon has always believed in the power of the pen. Having done her post graduation in English Literature and her B.Ed. in English, she had the option of teaching and writing, and did both with great enjoyment. She started writing at the age of ten, long before she acquired a Diploma in Journalism. She also had the advantage of being an Army kid, and later an Army wife, and loved the idea of travelling around India, meeting new people and acquiring new skills. She firmly believes that much of her personality was honed during those travels. 
In 2002, her light hearted book, ‘Arms and the Woman’, depicting life as seen through the eyes of an Army wife, was published by Rupa Publishers, Delhi. This was written mainly to reveal the warmth and camaraderie within the great institution. She is now working on her second book that is a work of fiction, and not- to-be divulged yet! 





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