Title- A Closet full of skeletons
Author- Tanushree Podder
Publisher- Harper Black ( Imprint of Harper Collins )
Writing Style- 4/5
Five men are on their way to a hill station, where Ramola, a fading movie star, waits to make an announcement that will change their lives forever.
Ramola withdrew from the public eye at the peak of her stardom. Now, surrounded by retired couples spending their twilight years was gardening and gossiping, her life is idyllic.
Or at least it was, till the night of her birthday party when she announces that her tell-all memoir will soon be published. The book, documenting her rise to fame, puts each of her ex-lovers’ careers in jeopardy. As each desperate man tries to save himself, Ramola is drawn back into the very web of lies and deception she had left behind.
By the time the party is over, Ramola’s neighbor, retired army officer, and amateur sleuth Colonel Arjun H. Acharya has found his first murder to solve.
A closetful of skeletons reels you into a cozy world of fresh mountain air, log drawn bridge games and bloody murder.
The story revolves around Ramola ( the protagonist ). She makes an exit from the industry when her career was on peak and nobody knew where she was. One fine day she makes a phone call to five persons who happened to be her past affairs inviting them over her birthday party to reveal something big. On the day of her birthday, she announced about her tell-all memoir which made none of them happy. Instead, a wind of thoughts started blowing in everyone’s mind. And on the same night, she was found dead. Followed by Ramola, Tia who was penning down the memoir was also found dead.
The author is a masterpiece at writing thriller fiction. Suspenseful theme with terse mixed with descriptive writing style at some places makes it a good book to read. The narration is good. A perfect read for all suspense lovers. However, the story lacks character development. other than Ramola, no other characters are well defined. Due to this, it becomes a bit messy to understand the story. The story is medium paced and proceeds just the way it should be. Moreover, the end was very easily predicted. Not much of hassle is required. This might be a good thing for some readers. It depends upon their way. Overall, the book is good to read with an equal amount of suspense, crime, and everything in between.
Negatives– Characters were not well developed. The book gets a bit messy in the middle. Rest, no flaws.!