Author: Ganga Bharani
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Cover : 3/5
Title : 4.5/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 4.5/5
Theme : 3/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Overall : 4/5
- Riya- The protagonist
- Rohan- Riya’s boyfriend and a veteran cop
- Avanthika & Reema- Girls who commit suicide, in that order
Young, vivacious and 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?
A Minute to Death by Ganga Bharani is a power packed suspense thriller. Riya is a young aspiring writer who begs of Rohan, his boyfriend who is veteran cop, to let her tag along on one of his cases as she wished to write a suspense thriller based on that case. The case was about the suicide of a young girl named Avanthika. It was mysterious in a way that it was difficult to accept it as a suicide. There was a watch placed underneath the victim’s hanging body, stopped exactly at 5am. Co-incidentally, the victim had died somewhere around 5am. Rohan and Riya interrogate a few of Avanthika’s friends to investigate and get hold of the criminal as soon as possible. When they think that they have nearly solved the case, another suicide case is reported, this time of a girl named Reema. Their entire investigation goes vain when they find out a similar clue near the 2nd victim’s dead body – the watch underneath the victim’s body stopped exactly at 5am. They start their investigation all over again, interrogating new suspects this time, guessing it to be a case of serial killing. The only things these girls had in common were guys in their lives who are each other’s school mates and the fact that they are huge fans of a famous writer with pen name as Febbon whose real identity is a mystery to the world. But only when the third victim commits suicide does the whole truth about the writer’s identity get revealed and the serial suicides’ mystery gets solved. The climax will surely give you goosebumps.
Amazingly crafted script. It is usually difficult for writers to compress a suspense thriller into 100 pages but Ganga did that brilliantly. I specifically loved the way passion and the extent to which one can go to achieve and fulfill their desires is expressed in the book. Ganga managed to pitch in romance between Riya & Rohan into the book at perfect intervals, maintaining a mix of mystery and romance in the right proportion. The tinge of anticipation about the the suicide mystery kept me glued to the book till the last word.
Poor editing. The book would have shone a lot better had the script been edited more accurately. Not sure who is responsible for this one – the writer or the publishing house’s editor.
A power-packed suspense thriller, must read (4/5)
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