‘A Closetful of Skeletons’ by Tanushree Podder is an intriguing thriller featuring the yesteryear film star Ramola who settles in Ramsar (a small hill station in the suburbs) in search of peace. Ramola, a flamboyant party host, invites her ex-lovers to her 40th birthday party. To the dismay of her guests, she announces to publish her autobiography, a memoir on her life which might demean her ex-lovers personal and professional lives. Ramola was murdered all of a sudden and the suspense takes off from there. Colonel Acharya, Ramola’s neighbor, and a retired army officer (a modern version of Hercule Poirot, an infamous detective from Agatha Christie’s characters ) enter the scene as the hunt for the murderer begins.
Characters were very well etched and thought through. Though there were a lot of characters revolving around, the characters were descriptive enough and were rightly placed so as not to create any confusions. The writing style of the author is just right for the thrillers of this kind. There were moments in the novel where I felt both pity and a frisson of dread as well. Though initial pages were dragging in bits, her plots with twists, complexity in the mystery and multiple suspects kept me engrossed till the end. I could feel Agatha Christie’s style of narrating throughout.
If you like to read about detective fiction and like really good plots, then ‘A Closetful of Skeletons’ is just perfect.
‘I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’