Bhaskar Ferandez thinks his life may be in danger. Who better to invite to a gathering of those who might wish him ill than on of the countries best private investigators? Harith Athreya arrives with little information but soon finds himself in the middle of family drama steeped in mystery. Will he be able to save Bhaskar?
Thank you to Pushkin Vertigo for including me in this blog tour and for the gifted copy in order to complete my review. Pushkin always publish such wonderful crime and mystery novels that I knew from the beginning this would be an excellent read, I was not disappointed and I'm so excited to share my review on the opening date of this tour! Other bloggers taking part are below!
A Will to Kill opens with a direct introduction to the narrative. Athreya is already being told about the historical mystery that surrounds Greybrooke Manor, as a reader this instantly engaged me with the story; I wanted to know more about the Manor and it's inhabitants and why there were two wills for the current owner. It was clear that the second "secret" will was going to be introduced if Bhaskar was murdered but what had led him to go to such lengths to ensure his family would be put under suspicion? Creating such a tense atmosphere in the first meeting of the cast of characters, coupled with the endless question marks surrounding each of them, was an excellent way to suck me into the dynamics of the relationships they all shared. In particular I loved reading about Dora and he ability to stand up for herself and her dreams when confronted with the patriarch of the family's questions.
There were some unanswered questions for me that I'd have loved to be answered, even as a small sentence revealing the mystery. I don't want to reveal what isn't revealed but there were a couple of points where revelations about the history of the Manor would have been sprinkled in without ruining the flow of the narrative. Whilst some aspects weren't, in my opinion, delved into enough there was some over explanation of some scenes or interactions that caused me to falter a little in my constant stream of devouring this novel. I do enjoy when an author explains abstract concepts to the reader instead of assuming we know everything about a topic in a book they've willingly picked up, but over explanation does halt the natural flow of the reading.
You cannot discuss a mystery without discussing the actual mystery. I was pretty convinced I knew who the killer was going into the second half but Raman beautifully concealed what was actually going on and I was left shocked and thrilled by the turn of events in the novel. It turned into so much more than family drama and I loved that, Raman took a well-known theme for this genre and added layers without ruining the core concept. Being the first in a new series this book perfectly sets the tone and captures a loyal audience, I cannot wait for book number 2!
Can we also just appreciate that Raman incorporated a disability aid into the novel and it wasn't a hindrance like they're usually portrayed but the key to it all?! Excellent representation!