Before You Breathe by Tanushree Podder – The Review
The best part of reading a book from your favourite genre is to review it. As you progress to the next chapter, your mind fills with suggestions, acceptances and rejections. In short, the review starts right there and waits to be penned down on your blog. The greatest level of satisfaction is acquired when your review blog finally comes up. Currently, I am going through all these above-mentioned emotions. I have just finished reading Before You Breathe by Tanushree Podder and here I am already wording it on my blog. Let’s see how much can you resist this spine chilling murder mystery after reading my review!
Before You Breathe – The storyline
The story is set in a small and peaceful hill station of Ramsar. A series of mysterious incidents happen in an otherwise calm and safe town. The police and colonel Acharya are on their toes to solve one case when another happens in between just to mess up the details. A mysterious break-in where nothing is stolen is followed by a pre-planned murder of one of the affluent residents in Ramsar – Shekhar Sharma. As the suspects are judged on Hit and Trial method, eventually the focus shifts to intriguers outside Ramsar.
As the investigation progresses, the main suspects Naina, Alok and Supriya get fierce in their behaviour and it is difficult to judge who could have master-planned all this? Two of the main characters have a major reveal of their past that makes you calculate the next possible turn. The time speeds away as the ASP has to close both the cases soon but what is expected to lead results in another loose end. But ASP Timothy Thapa’s and Colonel Acharya’s brilliant mind games give a toss to culprit’s moves. And finally, the case is solved leaving everybody in astonishment.
Before You Breathe is a well-narrated murder mystery that keeps you glued till the end. At a point, if you start feeling the flow is repetitive or dragging, immediately an interesting angle is added. The story revolves around a set number of people taking care of not confusing the plot. Each character is designed perfectly according to the situation.
The author has deeply studied the plot and created incidents sticking to the central idea. At no point, you feel taken away from the storyline. In fact, I personally liked the placement of Acknowledgement in the end. By now, you have made a certain image of the author in your mind so reading about her strengthens your views. The author has personally cross-checked her knowledge about forensic and took inspiration from real-life people maintaining their anonymity. She has used good proverbs and metaphors to create the happenings in the story.
Meet the author
After 8 years in the corporate sector, Tanushree finally took the call and left everything for writing. She calls it her oxygen. A self-confessed word-a-holic and a traveller. In her own words, ‘I am a nomad at heart and love nothing more than travelling and writing,’ She has written 19 books and many are in the process. Before You Breathe is her seventh novel. Currently, she lives in Pune and can be found on these online channels webpage, Facebook and Instagram
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