Goodreads blurb: Two dogs and a cat are butchered at the home of Nidhi Kapoor, a leading Bollywood actress. Left behind is a mysterious letter threatening Nidhi and her family.
Nishant Kapoor, Nidhi’s father and a superstar of the yesteryears is confined to a retirement facility in the hills. Tormenting him are his recurring dreams of someone trying to hurt him and his family.
A film set where Nidhi Kapoor is shooting for her much anticipated film goes up in flames. Trapped inside are Nidhi and her sister, Payal.
ACP Prakash Mohile is forced to take up the investigation. Rujuta Singh, a photojournalist chronicling the lives of policemen in Mumbai and shadowing Prakash, gets embroiled in the case.
Unwarranted incidents continue to happen and in absence of any real clues or motive, Prakash and Rujuta are forced to dig deeper in the past of the Kapoors. They unknowingly stumble onto a violent tale of lies, betrayal, treachery, infidelity and murder.
Time is running out fast and the unknown assailant is adamant on taking away from Nidhi everything that she holds dear – her career, her home, her reputation, her family and her life. With each move, he seems to be getting close. The answers however continue to elude Prakash and Rujuta.
What is it in their past that Kapoors are hiding from the world?
What grudge does the assailant hold against the Kapoors?
And, can they save Nidhi?
When actress Nidhi Kapoor’s pets are found maimed and killed in her very house, this sets in motion a chain of events which forces ACP Prakash Mohile and photojournalist Rujuta Singh to team up and try and solve the crime. And as if to prove that this was not an isolated incident, it is soon followed up by other unexplained incidents involving danger to Nidhi, and the team soon finds itself embroiled further into what seems to be a lethal criminal on the loose out to harm Nidhi.
While Prakash and Rujuta are poles apart in their behavior and outlook to life, they soon realize that they have more in common than they anticipated and knew about. Pretty soon they end up working quite well together with each of them complementing the other. Assisted by constable Pravin Tambe, the team does all they can to get to the bottom of these incidents and prevent any danger to Nidhi.
Whether they succeed in unmasking the mysterious criminal or does he succeed in getting to Nidhi before they can prevent him forms the crux of the book. Suffice to say that the book is quite well paced and doesn’t lag too much anywhere.
Some small issues I had with the book (without giving away any spoilers) were the inclusion of a romantic track and the absence of information that a character shares with Rujuta at almost the end of the book. And another thing that kind of bothered me was the fact that I could guess the identity of the antagonist by the time I had finished three fourths of the book, as well as the motive for the crimes committed. But having said that it didn’t take away too much from me enjoying the book itself.
Disclaimer: A review copy of the book was shared with me by the publishers in return for an unbiased review.