Book Review: Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar
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“A remarkable whodunit that’s as sharp as it is concise.” ― Kirkus Reviews

On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.

As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.

Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.

Praise for Tied to Deceit:
“A remarkable whodunit that’s as sharp as it is concise.
Brar enhances her taut murder mystery with an engaging setting that effectively incorporates the local culture. The smart, believable denouement will have readers looking forward to Brar’s next endeavor.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“A literary mystery saga that includes far more depth and psychological and cultural insights than your typical murder mystery’s scenario.”
-Midwest Book Review



Devika is a receptionist who is seducingly bold and can trap any male attention.


The book starts with Devika Singh having an illicit affair with Dr. Bharadwaj and his wife, Gayathri Bhardwaj finds it out and things go on…  and one day Gayathri was found hanging. And now Sharma, a police officer is trying to crack this case-but it’s not as very simple whodunit. It’s surprisingly crazy yet complex and you would be damn shocked to know who did it in the end.

I did feel that in some places author could have done a better job in characterization and development and also there were places where the characters felt a bit crowded.

The plot resides in India and introspects some superstitious beliefs that are still prevailing in different sects like Mangalik Dosha . This probably makes the book primarily to be read by Indian readers.

“There are no facts, only interpretations” – Friedrich Nietzche

The literature inside is simple yet classic easy read but the cover outside could have been better.
Every chapter in the book starts with an interesting quote – bit relatable to the story forward but you would be able to understand the beauty of it only when you go a bit deeper to actually try to relate these quotes.

The book is filled with characters who are mysterious as well as plain and there are some places where the book gets slow paced but otherwise its a decent paced page-turner read.

Overall, the novel is a clear demonstration of Neena’s considerable skill as a writer and is sure to garner a new throng of fans here in India.



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