Author : Smita Bhattacharya
Publisher : Rumour Books India
Genre : Thriller
Pages : 275
*Heliconia Lane was a spot of heaven in Goa until you discover the secrets that lay behind its closed doors*
It was crazy really, for Darya to think she could have some peace and quiet at heliconia Lane. Yes, it was located in a beautiful corner of South goa—by the beach, no less—but after her Aunt Farideh disappeared twenty years ago—from this very place—nothing has been the same again. And now her uncle was dead under bizarre circumstances as were two of the neighbours on his street.
What was happening? Was there a murderer on the loose? Why were people dying? Was it connected to her aunt’s disappearance in some way?
And most importantly, was Darya going to be next?
The title is what intrigued me to pick up this book. The book is full of twists and turns and is a gripping thriller.
The story follows the journey of Darya, who visited her uncle’s villa in Goa inorder to sort out things after her uncle’s demise. But during her visit she found out that she was stuck in a mystery which could possibly be something related to the deaths in her family. The people who seemed friends suddenly turned into strangers and the serene Heliconia Lane was not a safe heaven anymore. Darya was on the quest to find out the real mystery around the deaths.
Were the deaths not natural?If these were murders,who was the killer?Why were they dead?Are more people gonna die soon?
I enjoyed reading the book. The writing style of the author is beautiful. The characters were well developed and felt so real. The best thing about Darya’s character was that she wasn’t flawless but was just like a normal person with messy life. Though the beginning was a bit boring because of too many details but later on the book picked up pace. The book was full of suspense. The plot is definitely intriguing and well written. The language is easy and understandable. The narration is smooth and the story is well full of twists which will definitely keep you hooked.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*