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Silent Fires Book Review

Author: Poojitha G Prasad

Pages: 240

Inspector Ashish Bharadwaj is arrogant and hot-tempered, but he’s usually right about things. His brother, Manav, is quiet and intuitive. He is also brilliant at solving cases.

When Shravya Chandra, wife of Arun Chandra the film star, goes missing – Ashish and Manav have their own hunches. Ashish is out to prove Arun Chandra’s guilt. But Manav wants to know more about Shravya’s old friend, Anchal because he’s certain that she is hiding something big.

They both can’t be right, of course.

Ashish doesn’t want to be wrong; he’s never wrong. And Manav would give anything to snatch a victory from under his brother’s nose.

Who’s right? And at what cost are they going to win?

Since everyone’s looking only for what they want to see, will they ever actually find out what happened to Shravya Chandra?

And so begins the battle of egos, the endless search for a killer and the unravelling of secrets…

This book took me by surprise because I was not expecting to love it so much! This book feels like a fast paced Bollywood movie.

I enjoyed the complexities of the characters where they were so well developed and felt very realistic to the core. I loved the fact that Manav was a true crime fan like me. Both Manav and Ashish’s characters were so well portrayed with their own issues, shortcomings, and personalities that they felt very real.

The murder mystery was also very interesting and made me so invested in the story. One extra star to this book for making me so invested and hooked in the story that I could not put it down. I found the mystery very satisfying to my taste and I really loved the plot twist in the end. Like it all made sense in the end, you know. I hate thrillers where there’s some loose ends in the end. Luckily this was not the case with this book. It was a very good and complelling thriller in my opinion.

Few other things which I appreciated the book was that the gender inequality was also shown in this book where women are not taken seriously in their work. This is a scenario in the real world and I appreciate that the author included this in the book. Domestic abuse, another unfortunate reality, is also a part of the story.

It was overall a very enjoyable read for me and I’d highly recommend this book!

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