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The colorful life of celebrities might not be as colourful as it seems to the laymen. There are stories of love, lust, betrayal, revenge, hardwork and heartbreak behind the scintillating lives of the actors and actresses. Sourabh Mukherjee has weaved a tale that could be counted as the prototype of the celebrity lives.
The plot unveils with the brutal rape and murder of successful actress and heartthrob Hiya Sen, within a fortnight of her wedding. Her husband Manav Chauhan and driver are beaten unconscious. Days after the schocking murder, the culprits are arrested. Another worm is let out when the culprits claim the attack to be premeditated and a contract work. ACP Agni is assigned the case post the revelation. His investigation brings forth several suspects, the prime among the to be actress Rituja who had a tiff with Hiya, Actor Mayank Kapoor Hiya’s fling before marriage, Neha Awasti who was Manav’s Ex-fiancee and Mr. Awasti, Neha’s father. Agni’s investigation reaches a dead end with numerous suspects and no evidence. It is then that two more murders bring a new light to the investigation.
I would like to tag this book as futuristic since a similar incident has happened in Malayalam Film Industry, an allegation of contract rape. Hence the whole plot is imaginative realistic and futuristic. The character craft is the highlight of the book. The idiosyncrasies of the character are depicted tangibly. The numerous affairs, the pub life, the splendor and the underlying mystery is portrayed well.
The suspense revolving behind the culprit was predictable or at least I guessed it right but the reason behind the crime was the real hero. It was not only unpredictable but novel as well. This might be my personal experience. Rituja’s character portrayal was misogynistic, cliched and hence a turn off. A woman or a wannabe star letting off her saree pallu to invite someone to her bedroom is a worked, overworked and
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About the author
Sourabh Muherjee is the author of the psychological thriller *In the Shadows of Death: A Detective Agni Mitra Thriller* and *Romance Shorts*, a collection of dark-romance short stories. His books have been highly appreciated by readers, bloggers and the mainstream national media. Sourabh received the Golden Pen Award in the Monsoon Romance Contest 2014 organised by Sulekha.com and judged by an eminent panel of literary luminaries.
Sourabh speaks in several events on a variety of topics. His points of view in a panel discussion on serial killings, occult crimes and ritual killings in the Supernatural Literary Festival, Kolkata (2017) with the legendary Ipsita Ray Chakraverty was highly appreciated. He was also an invited panelist in a debate organised by Rotary Club, Kolkata on International Women’s Day, 2017.
Sourabh writes a column for *Sportskeeda*, India’s largest all-sport website. His articles have been featured in *Yahoo Sports* too.
An Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer from Jadavpur University, Kolkata with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from School of Management Studies, New Delhi, in his day-job, Sourabh works in a senior leadership position in a technology consulting multi-national. Author of several publications on emerging trends in business and technology, Sourabh speaks regularly in various national and global conferences and technology summits.
A keen observer of human behaviour and cultural diversities, Sourabh loves travelling and has travelled across USA and various countries in Europe and Asia. An avid reader of fiction, Sourabh is equally passionate about photography, movies and music.