Saturday, July 22, 2017

Book Review: A Bride, A Murder & A Trail Of Blood by Laxmi Natraj

Title: A Bride, A Murder & A Trail Of BloodAuhtor: Laxmi NatrajPublisher: StoryMirror Infotech Pvt Ltd


A newly married young woman comes to live in a posh neighbourhood. That her marriage is on the rocks is evident to all from the telltale bruises and injuries on her body. She is a victim of domestic violence. And one fine day she goes missing under mysterious circumstances. An excess amount of blood and visible sign of violence in the house is a clear indicator of a brutal attack or even a murder. The obvious suspect, her husband, is missing as well. An investigation is carried out and evidences pile up against the husband who is a well known professor.
What looks like a murder investigation with a strong motive, several witnesses, and a culprit in denial is but the tip of an iceberg in a case that keeps the police department on its toes. When the investigating officer, Shinde, comes across the truth during his probe, he is both shocked and assuaged at the same time. But is that all that is there to fish out? Or is there a truth that actually evades his investigative eyes after all? Has justice been served finally? These questions are what set the story apart and interesting.
In her latest novel, ‘A Bride, A Murder & A Trail of Blood,’ Laxmi Natraj has woven an intelligent story which is more than a crime thriller and focuses on the corruption and plagiarism involved in the field of higher education. Revenge gets a new flavour and so does justice.
Although the language and plot sometimes border on cliché, the story itself keeps one fascinated. The breakneck pacing of the narration eventually resolves into a poignant ending. But the editing is certainly not up to the mark. A lot of the fat could have been cut out to give the novel a crisper feel.   

Happily, the many loyal fans of crime thrillers probably won’t mind the snags in the novel; they’ll just delight in the feels.

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About the Author

Laxmi Natraj is an educator with a 35 years of teaching experience. She has authored a series of Children's science fiction and adventure books. She has also written two thriller adult fiction books and is working on her third. She also writes short stories in Women's Era and Champak and Gokulam. Recently, she has also taken up blogging and is active on social media.

I'd like to thank the author for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 

* I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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