Book Review #182: The Sinister Silence

Author: Moitrayee Bhaduri

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction, Crime Fiction

Language: English 

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors

Date of publication: 1 November 2015

No. of pages: 288


Ace software engineer Saahil was found in a pool of his own blood, battling for his life on a rainy morning. Everyone assumed this to be a case of sttempted suicide. With Saahil’s family strong denial behind, ex-super cop-turned-detective Mili Ray is brought on to the case for further investigations. While doctors are uncertain about Saahil’s survival, the police discover another body of  Saahil’s colleague Farzad. With an increasingly murky case where everyone appears to have a motive, Ray is putting more than her credibility at stake.


The description of the book might call the book as an edge-of -the-seat thriller, but I found it to be a dramtic rendition of a good mystery. The plot idea is definitely solid and was excellently played out in the book with good, strong, well conceptualised characters. But what didn’t work with me was the way the whole book has been written. A good narrative style delivers a better promise of the plot potential. With the segmentation of the book into various parts and introducing flashbacks and characters as a chapter heading; you can see my conflicted emotions from the very description of my opinions. However, the protagonist of a strong extraordinary female detective definitely stroked my feminist side. 

I have always maintained the importance of a good cover image and title. Without that, a book fails to attract any iota of attention. Every book from the genre of mystery & thriller has a dramatic blue as a cover image. Even if a book fails as a good read, the cover image works in attracting attention. The Sinister Silence name itself has a dramatic appeal that captures your imagination. The minimalist design might not seem to be anything extraordinary, but it definitely works well in terms of drama due to the color coordination. 

My opinion: It’s not a bad book. It has been reviewed in 5 star category by way too many people. So clearly, what didn’t appeal to me was an opinion that wasn’t shared by the rest. I am not overtly fond of the book that I will vouch for it. But its an ok book to take a chance on. 

My rating: 2.5 out of 5


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