An easy and gripping read, The Monsoon Murders by author Karan Parmanandka has its fair share of twists and turns, gore, and suspense.
The plot is set around a famous businessman who is murdered in Mumbai. It appears to be an open and shut case with the victim’s sister projected as the main suspect. As is the case with most crime fiction, things are not as straightforward as they appear to be.
The protagonist, Roy who is a police officer uses all his intelligence and deductive reasoning to solve the murder mystery while ensuring his personal life doesn’t get entangled in it. In a bizarre turn of events, he has to be more wary of his friends, rather than the strangers he encounters.
The intensity and tension pave the way for an unexpected and thrilling climax. Another praise-worthy point is the vivid description of characters, as Parmanandka makes them sound relatable to the reader. However, the momentum of the novel is rather slow-paced as one tends to lose interest at certain turns. At times, the writing does seem laboured and minor mistakes seep in.
The seasoned crime fiction reader might find the premise a bit bland and predictable, since it follows life of a disreputed police officer, trying to crack a murder case to redeem himself. However, the reader can overlook some of these flaws, once the action picks up. All said and done, it’s a good read for a bus or train journey.
Author: Karan Parmanandka
Title: The Monsoon Murders
Publisher: Srishti Publishers
Price: Rs 195