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Book Review: The Blue Jinx by Nisha B Thakur

The Blue Jinx by Nisha B Thakur is a multi-genre murder mystery. It’s a riveting medley of romance, suspense and crime thriller. Delivering a well-sketched murder mystery with a fewer cast of characters is tough. However, the author did it brilliantly, touched every parameter of the genre.

The story is staged against two cities Nasik and Mumbai, and the USA in snatches. Being loathed by his family for choosing a creative less-paying career, the protagonist Nikhil commences an interior consultant business with no great hopes. He gets one big project in Nasik of Hemant Saxena.

Hemant hires Nikhil to renovate his old house in Nasik as per the likes of his dead wife Shanipriya. At the house, Nikhil experiences weird dreams and indulges into strange behavior pattern. He works with Samara, daughter of his boss; Murli, the home secretary, and the house help Ramu and Bhima. He feels the house is haunted, in fact, throughout the novel he gets into strange things like killing a cat, getting drunk, sleeping at the meetings, disappears for two days, and so on.

The author funnily circulated the horror elements that transform the vibes of the story in a dead series horror cum murder mystery. Nikhil and Samara fall in love gradually. The boss is unhappy with Nikhil’s everyday horror drama. Samara saves him most of the time. As the story chugs ahead, it comes out that Samara’s mother was raped and murdered. However, it was kept hidden from her.

Nikhil and Samara vows to find out the killer and his/her motive but they didn’t get any support from Hemant and his servants. The duo stages every move in such a profound way that things begin working for them. The trail to the murderer with a startling revelation will make your day. You will feel as you have not read a novel but watched a properly filmed TV series. The pace of the story, turning of events, unveiling of facts will impress you to the core.

As in the end, the author turned the novel in an unputdownable mystery by introducing supernatural elements through that gemstone – Blue Sapphire – it means Shanipriya in Hindi.

Was Nikhil really seeing the ghost of Shanipriya or was it that gemstone under his pillow that didn’t suit him. The astrological coverage on the gemstone is fabulous, something like a new discovery in such a fast-paced nail-biting murder mystery.

From time and again, the author steered the novel in some unexpected twist and turns, which makes readers to interpret its ending. It is written brilliantly that too in clear logical language. Penning down a murder mystery with a strong scaffold and simple narration isn’t easy but Nisha Thakur has done it effortlessly.

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