Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: Happily Murdered by Rasleen Syal

Publication Date: July 1, 2014 (Paperback)
Published by: Sittin' On A Goldmine Productions LLC
Pages: 313
Source: Review Copy given by the author for my honest views.


Who killed Gulab Sarin?

The radiant new daughter-in-law of the influential Mehta family dies mysteriously on the very next night of her wedding. The murder is an inside job, the police are certain. It could be anyone, the adulterous husband, conniving in-laws, jealous friend and the love struck ex-fiance. With an aim to save themselves and incriminate others, it is not long before these suspects turn into amateur detectives, hunting for clues and delving into hidden secrets only they can unearth. They coerce, pry and blackmail in an attempt to get to the bottom of this mystery. Will one of these nine unlikely sleuths finally unravel the mystery behind Gulab's death and avenge it? Or will the truth die as viciously as Gulab? 

My Thoughts

Gulab had agonizing childhood. With her parents divorced when she was just a little girl, Gulab always yearned for a family. Her yearning turned to need when little Gulab lost her mother and had to live with her father for whom she was as good as dead. Her father's family never accepted her and for her cousins she was the "wierdo".

"My father considered me a bane of his life and this feeling was absorbed by the rest of my relatives as well." 

Sid entered in little Gulab's life as an Angel who gave her all she ever wanted- love of a family and her best friend Yuvi. Gulab grew up loving Sid and always confiding in Yuvi. 
And before dying had her heart broken and got it pieced back together. Found a dear family in the Sara and Ned. Married Sid Mehta (and took revenge).
But now the question is Why is she Dead? and Who killed her? 
Read her story and you'll know what a roller coaster ride she had.

All the characters were amazing in there own way. Initially little Gulab had me in her team immediately out of sympathy, I was really happy when she finds a family but then as the story proceeded I remember cursing her for her actions hating her, thinking it is good that she died and then BAM! came the end which had me in tears for her death.
I really liked Yuvi- her best friend. He is a man of few words and a really sweet and amazing friend. He was a kind of friend who could kill anyone if they hurt his childhood friend. I was shocked the ending that he had I really wished that he had a better ending.
The twins Ned and Sara Dulla had my heart. They are the sweetest and the most supportive people. Ned is a real gentleman who brought back Gulab and pieced back her heart without asking for anything in return. He is also a fiercely protective brother. And as for Sara I am surprised that she ignored her bitter past with Gulab and supported her during her bad time.
As for Sid Mehta you'll have to read the book to know him properly.
All the other characters added a right flavor of spice and sweetness to the story.   

The book had two stories going on with alternate chapters for each. One is about the present where everyone is busy fining the culprit and their reactions to Gulab's death and other is about Gulab's entire life which is narrated by Gulab herself.
I was sucked into the story right from the beginning. I really loved Rasleen's writing, the way with which she wrote that Prologue had me awestruck and then the more I read more I fell in love with her story-telling style. I really liked how she intertwined present and past stories and left the clues which left me guessing about who the real culprit was. And that ending AH!!! it was unexpected and amazing (storywise) but it was sad, I really cried when I read that (which happens very rarely).
I was like a movie with a nice blend of innocence, drama, deceit, romance and mystery. 

I just have one thing to say if you love mysteries mixed up with nice plot and a blend of varied colors of characters then you really must give this one a chance.    

5 out of 5

(P.S: I don't know why I feel this but I think you might find some grammatical and syntactical mistakes Please ignore them I tried my best to find them but couldn't and a friend who does this for me is out of station and not available to check those. :( ) 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the generous review, Anubha. I am touched! So glad that you enjoyed the book.


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