It all begins with a death. Nita, a pregnant woman falling from her balcony becomes the string that unravels the plot. Her death casts a shadow over many lives; her heartbroken father, her husband and Vinny, a young journalist, drawn in by the whiff of foul play and murder.
‘Shadow In the Mirror’ is an intricate tale of complex relationships, personalities and circumstances, which lead to tragic death of a woman. The writer has taken a different approach of delving into the backstories to solve the crime, but given the storyline I would classify it as more of a mystery than a thriller.
Nita plunges to her death from her twelve-storey apartment and everyone rules it a suicide due to prenatal depression. Vinny a journalist follows her case and finds a note at her doorstep stating it was a murder. From there the story spans decades in flashback telling us the backgrounds, upbringing, childhood traumas, insecurities, motivation of various characters around Nita. The circle completes with Krish, Nita’s husband, confronting the murderer.
Vinny’s is a modern day, career oriented woman. The author has etched her character and motivations magnificently. I liked the twist given to the killer’s life and it really hit me hard when it was revealed. That main chapter ‘Shadow In The Mirror’ is brilliantly written. The language is simple and breezy.
The plot takes you from 1958 to 1994. There were some inconsistencies in the timelines, but it doesn’t take away from the narrative. There are a few characters which were not necessary for the plot-line and took away the attention for a while. I would have loved if the plot had stuck to main plot and characters especially Kavita’s.
All in all, the story is fast paced and keeps one hooked. A good read for readers who like mystery and suspense.