Penumbra: Good Old Agatha Christie Charm

After months of deliberation I opted for the kindle unlimited subscription for a month. The first book I got was Penumbra by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay. Want to know what I think about it.. read on

In the middle of one of the worst storms to hit the city, a mysterious letter arrives for Prakash Ray, an out-of-luck journalist, inviting him to a quaint, suburban bungalow, to celebrate the 60th birthday of an uncle he has never heard of….

As Prakash reaches the venue, he is introduced to a motley group of people, all gathered there for the old man’s big day: his son, his reticent brother, a dignified middle-aged lady who once owned the bungalow, a listless lawyer who manages his legal affairs, a mild-mannered young man who works as his secretary, his beautiful, young biographer, and his mysterious friend, who has never lost a game of chess to him. As the storm lashes on through the night, one of the people in the bungalow is murdered! In a game of cat and mouse that follows, Prakash soon finds out that under the surface of apparent warmth and friendliness, nothing is as it seems and that the bungalow holds one shocking secret after another! In a bid to save his own life, Prakash hunts for the truth, which lies in a mysterious penumbra of shadows and lights, covered in a sheath of deceit and guile, only to realize that the worst is yet to come!!

Now my thoughts

  • The book reminded me of Feluda, Byomkesh and Then there were none in a fantastic way.
  • Writing was smooth, the writer will go a long way.
  • I could not guess the murderer, this rarely happens, so this is a clear win for the book.
  • There was inconsistency of the plot, but nothing that would work as a spoilsport.
  • Charecters could have been less flat.

My Goodread Rating 4/5.


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