The way The Colours of Passion starts, I was a bit disturbed. It was weirdly similar to the incident involving an actress that happened in Kerala back in February this year. Her car was waylaid; she was attacked and assaulted sexually. The whole incident was premeditated. Investigations only lead to murkier waters and they are still going on.
That creepy feeling lasted only for a while as The Colours of Passion‘s story changed its pace. Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, and daring of the masses is raped and murdered. Her husband of a few days is beaten up and left to die. Their chauffeur is attacked as well. Investigations reveal three culprits. But the investigating officer’s intuition takes him down a path that reveals many angles to this case and even more suspects as they try to find the truth.
The Colours of Passion is a gripping tale. Once the investigations start, we are introduced to many characters and almost all of them are suspects. ASP Agni Mitra, our detective, a man with the wit and up to the challenge of solving the murder is a brilliant character. In fact, almost all characters in The Colours of Passion are of some importance and have been well defined. Playing a part in the novel no matter how big or small, each one of the characters seems to be a clue. They also become a suspect. The sense of sympathy and suspicion is a weird thing to have at the same time.
As always there is some emotion that leads to crime, and the author has handled this well. Passion, betrayal, jealousy, denial, greed – all find a place in a rather tangled web. But, Sourabh Mukherjee has made Agni Mitra very capable of untangling that mess and is very adroit at it.
The one thing about The Colours of Passion I really appreciate is that there are no loose ends. Every tiny detail got covered. Every little clue, every hypothesis, and inference, the entire process of solving the crime was explained with quite a bit of attention to detail. In fact, if the author makes a series about Agni Mitra we might just about end up devouring each book. (Which I really hope he does!)
Overall, The Colours of Passion is a great read. Fast and nail-bitingly good. Crisp writing, well edited, its got a lot of things going for it. Definitely recommend!
*I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars