I chose to read this book because I read woefully few books based in my home country and even fewer written by an Indian. It seemed like a good place to make up for the lost time.
This is a decent start to a series. We meet an already renowned detective who is asked down to a family manor and bribed with the intriguing concept of two wills and the fear of imminent death. We are told numerous facts about our lead, Harith Athreya, but I wanted more action on his part than the hints he kept dropping throughout the narrative. I did not feel the awe that his list of accomplishments should have cloaked the character in.
The family is an Anglo-Indian family (I am guessing from the names and the history, although I do not remember any specific such statement) whose head is aged and crippled and is sure someone intends him dead. He is not technically ‘in fear’ for his life because of his personality and the life he’s lead. The plot only covers a few days where there is a tentative locked room scenario, and multiple red herrings. There also seemed to be things hidden behind every possible resolution. I finished/liked this book because of the way the plotline (s) wrapped up: I did not see a few things coming. The dysfunctional family setup was used to its advantage.
The narrative style took a little getting used to. The English used seemed a lot more formatted than required for the setting, which slowed down my reading time, but it was not really unrealistic for the kind of people we encounter. I would read the next book in the series, but I hope to be better settled into a story of this ilk than I was in this first instalment.
I received an ARC from NetGalley; the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.