Crime fiction is a genre that I love reading. I’ve told it before too. It is exciting to play detective and try to solve the crime as the plot progresses. The Nidhi Kapoor Story was one such fiction, but I’ll begin with an apology to the author for a much delayed review.
Someone murders the pets at the Kapoor’s mansion – Ronak. And ACP Prakash Mohile is sent to see the legitimacy of the case – if it is a prank, or a serious threat. While they are still unsure of that, the set where actress Nidhi Kapoor is filming goes up in flames. Both Nidhi and her sister Payal just escape death. Are the two events related? Who has, and what is the motive to do that?
Even with the two events on their mind, other incidents continue to happen. Neither the Kapoor family – Nidhi, step-sister Payal or uncle Naveen Verma – or the police, with the help of Rujuta Singh, seem to know why. The unknown person’s wants are strange, but the threats – significant. And it escalates when one of the threats is carried out.
The past can be motive for any crime. I’ve read enough novels and watched enough crime shows to know that. When the opening chapter itself sets a scene from the past and shows a disjointed family in its rawness, I could know that the past had a prominent role to play. The involvement of Rujuta, the photojournalist, felt a bit dejavu, as if I had read that idea in a novel before. Though in a crime story, I expected the crime, the victim and the investigation to play center stage, rather than the life of Rujuta and her affection toward Prakash. It helped develop the characters a lot, I agree.
Prakash Mohile as the leading investigator was well portayed. His no nonsense approach, not looking for small talk but for answers, felt right in a policeman investigating an event in a noted personality’s home. The events of his past, as told by his right-hand Tambe, only added to the respect one felt for the character. Rujuta, at times confused and afraid, but at other times, quick to act and clear thinking, felt a good match for Prakash, and it was like she was imbibing Prakash’s character slowly with each moment with him. Each character, be it Nidhi – calm and precise, or Payal, or the mostly cocksure Naveen Verma felt in place. Though some characters felt more developed than others.
The narration, split in parts and focusing on different events that almost happen simultaneously, had the power to keep me engaged from start to finish. I would have liked the climax to have been developed though. All the open threads seem to be tied in an expected knot in a hurry and right at the end. It was something I could anticipate, and that took the shine off what was otherwise an interesting story. It explored events that kept me guessing. And it showed the backstory to what was the life of a film star.
I’d say this novel has what it takes to keep a lover of the crime fiction genre interested. And a mention to the cover design as well, which was quite nice. Overall, I’d rate it 3.5 stars.
|Title: The Nidhi Kapoor Story|
|Author: Saurabh Garg||Genre: Crime Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9789381841747||Publisher: Grapevine India|
(© 1st December 2015)