CLOSET OF LIES – BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Closet of Lies
Author: Samruddhi Chandak
Publisher: Paper Town Publishers
No. of pages: 123
Genre: Mystery; Suspense; Thriller
Do I recommend it? Yes, if you can deal with less than perfect writing but brilliant plotting and a good story.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Closet of Lies is a true thriller. The story has the power to hold the reader in one place with its suspense-packed plot. The first part of the book takes us through the life of a 28-year-old woman named Riddhi and a CBI inspector named Kabir brings forth the second part of the book to us.
Riddhi is a doctor but she had to quit her job because of her debilitating illness of cancer. She lives alone in Pune and has an extremely caring Granny living next door. One morning, while Granny was away on a pilgrimage, Riddhi starts receiving letters from an unknown person. The letters carried clues as well as some shocking predictions that eventually become true. The chain of events starts unfolding and the story picks up pace via various twists and turns.

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PLOT AND STRUCTURE:

As you can see for yourself, the premise of the book kind of hooks you in immediately. To be honest, the meticulous plotting of the books impressed me quite a deal. Every detail was on point and did a brilliant job of keeping the readers at the edge. Throughout the book, there’s no way you would be able to guess the ending. It will jump at you out of nowhere and you’ll remain dazed for a while.
It’s an unputdownable book that has won over my heart and this book has been the most surprising read of 2020. This book qualifies to be a true page-turner because of how the author built the tension right from the beginning. I loved the pace and absolutely loved how the author has tightly clubbed in the clues and mysteries in the story. The book has a lot of twists and turns and even though I loved them as the story progressed, I think too much of them kind of works against the story.

CHARACTERIZATION:

I believe the author could have done better with this part. There was a lack of proper character development and it was evident throughout the book. Even though the story contains several characters and all of them are quite different from each other, they all seemed quite similar to me. There was no use of specific character traits that helps in building character. The portrayal of the characters didn’t even do justice to their age. They all seemed like twelve-years-olds playing a murder mystery game, to be honest. All in all, the characters weren’t much believable.

SETTING:

The setting was definitely a weak point in the book. It was very much confusing. I still don’t know if Riddhi (the main character) lives in a house or an apartment. A lot of things were not described and completely left to the reader’s imagination. Headers like ‘Riddhi’s residence’, ‘The police station’, ‘City Hospital’, etc. were used but these are not helpful in creating an image in our heads. The readers don’t know how it looks like unless the author shows it to them.

Overall, I felt that this book and the author both have huge potential and the story could’ve been executed a lot better. I couldn’t stop reading as it has an amazing pace.

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