Bookish Witch

The Long Lost Path by Ketaki Nirkhi

Blurb (as on Amazon):

Three random incidents. Murder of a young receptionist at a dental clinic in broad daylight. Murder of an interior decorator in a strange building. Disappearance of a young man working for a renowned company. The only connection between these three seemingly unrelated incidences being the young lady Ahana who doesn’t remember her past. Ahana has no memory of the twenty five or may be twenty six years of her life. All she knows is that Varun has given her a new lease of life. She hopes her memory will come flooding back when she sees something familiar, but that never happens. Nor can she ever understand who the man is whom she sees in her dreams, the man who evokes deep emotions inside her. And then, one fine day when she thinks that things are slowly falling into place, Varun disappears, without any proof that he ever existed, leaving her the only witness, and hence suspect, in murders of two strangers. Inspector Ajay cannot tell whether Ahana is a victim or perpetrator. But the more he gets involved in the case, the more he is convinced of her innocence and of the sinister plan being executed methodically. Ahana and Ajay race against time to find the culprit before the toll rises. Because it starts getting obvious who the next victim is…

Genre: Fiction/Crime Thriller/Murder Mystery

Pages: 101

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 75 INR/$1.01

My Rating: 3.5/5

Ahana and Varun have been married for two years. However, Ahana has no memory of her life before marriage. On Varun’s insistence, Ahana takes a dental appointment and sets up a meeting with an interior designer to redo their house. But on the day of both the appointments, the dentist’s secretary and the interior designer are both killed right before their meeting with Ahana, who ends up being the prime suspect. To top it, Varun who is supposedly traveling for work has been unreachable. How is Ahana connected to the victims and who is implicating her?

What I liked about the book:

  • The pace is neither too fast nor too slow. The writer keeps us on the edge till the end.
  • The language is easy to follow and will be coherent even for beginners
  • The twist was fairly surprising. You’d be taken by surprise especially if you’re not an ardent reader of the genre.
  • The connection and panning out of the story are very much like a Bollywood thriller movie, with all the necessary elements to keep you hooked and guessing.

What I did not like about the book:

  • The language lacks finesse and there are a few typos and grammatical errors.
  • Ahana’s backstory and amnesia seem a bit too convenient and one can see quite a few loopholes here.

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