Book Review- Before You Breathe

Author: Tanushree Podder

Publications: HarperCollins India

No Of Pages: 244

Genre: Crime,Thriller


The small and peaceful hill town of Ramsar wakes up to mysterious break-ins on two consecutive days. While the first one takes place at the local doctor’s clinic, the second is at the residence of the town’s latest and most affluent resident – Shekhar Sharma. Inexplicably, nothing has been stolen in either case. The mysterious incidents confounded the police as well as Ramsar’s residents. And before one mystery can be solved, another turns up, with a death of a stranger whom no one can identify. And so begins a game of cat-and-mouse between the criminal and the town’s resident amateur sleuth, Colonel Arjun H Acharya. Who is intent on wreaking havoc in Ramsar? And can Colonel Acharya find out the truth before time runs out?

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Book Review

I would like to thank Writersmelon and Harpercollins India for the review copy. My review here is totally honest and unbiased. 

A Crime investigation involving intuition always been a treat to me. I love that sort of thrillers. Hercule Acharya, one perfect investigator who started to observe things more closely, more consciously after a tragic mistake from his side.  

Two burglary,one death(a murder?) in a span of two to three days at Ramsar, a town where the crime rate is at least. These collective incidents tickles the higher heads to push officer Tim to solve the case soon. Tim seeks the help of Acharya to go on with the case,and that’s where the real roller coaster starts. 

My intuition and guess was also correct about the happenings and circumstances. The sequences were tad predictable.Some might find the story be just slow after the predictions. But don’t hold back as the story will pick up its pace eventually.I will give full credit to the plot flow and that was ultimate hit in this book. The characters were handled effectively that they all came under the radar of police. It was not the investigation pattern which highlighted the possible suspects but the characters itself gave that impression.

A murder investigation which breathes in the air through one INHALER throughout the story. A clever tool by the author indeed.  

Past never fades,always you leave something for someone to open it. This story preys on its past to reach the truth. on summing up,this is a story with an interesting opening along with the secretive characters which gave the predictable connections at the middle but ended brilliantly without any drama.



About The Author

(Courtesy: Goodreads)

Born at New Delhi, she worked in the corporate sector for eight long years before Tanushree quit the rat race to wield her pen and found her calling. 
A well know travel writer and novelist, she is also known for the hundreds of ‘Middles’ that entertained readers of almost all English dailies in the country for over a decade. Tanushree is passionate about travelling and writing. If the lady is not packing her bags to zip around the world, she is sure to be found tapping the keys of her computer. 
Among her bestselling books in non- fiction genre are Death of a Dictator – The Story of
Saddam Hussein, Secrets of Happiness, The Ultimate Food for Body, Mind and Soul, The
Power of Relaxation. The book Smart Memory has also been translated into Tamil and Spanish.

Her first novel Nurjahan’s Daughter was published in 2005. It was followed by Boots Belts Berets, which has now been reissued in an abridged version. The third title Escape from Harem was published in 2013.

Then came On the Double, a sequel to Boots Belts Berets. It was published by Roli Books in September, 2015.

Solo in Singapore, was published by Harper Collins, 

The latest book A Closetful of Skeletons, published by Harper Collins will be available from 25 December, 2017.

With five successful novels, a dozen best selling nonfiction titles and few hundred travel tales under her belt, she is all set to launch into yet another voyage with words. 
She lives with her husband at Pune.




Her travel stories can be found at

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