Book Review: Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar

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Published: August 4, 2018 by Penguide Books
Category: Mystery, Domestic Thriller

Synopsis: On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.

As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.

Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.

I read the book synopsis and thought “I need to read this” as I am never one to turn down an interesting suspense read. I prefer a quick, whip through, can’t put down book, but can enjoy those that may move a bit slower if the ending is a slam dunk like “whoa” I did not expect that bombshell. Tied to Deceit is a slow moving, build-up type of story. Just when you think you may know what is happening another character is introduced that throws you for a loop: that was done rather well.

The bones of the story have so much potential. I tripped up a bit with too many characters, a heavy focus on describing surroundings and scenarios I felt weren’t that important, and referencing different names for the same person. It took a while to get to the climax and then I felt once the mystery starting unwinding it was a bit rushed. This book is great for leisure readers: if you like to read a bit, walk away and come back when you can – and not be antsy to have to finish – this may be your jam. Although it was a slow read, it was interesting. You sort of feel like your own version of Olivia Benson from Law & Order: SVU; you are going to solve the mystery and the closing credit music will cue in just in time.

I will tell you, you will not know who did it by the end. You will have to get through those last 30 pages to see if your initial predictions turn out to be correct. If you guessed right, you will have to let me know!
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I received the arc ebook from Digital Reads Blog Tours for my honest review. Make sure to follow the rest of the tour – review schedule is posted above!

Praise for Tied to Deceit:
“A remarkable whodunit that’s as sharp as it is concise. Brar enhances her taut murder mystery with an engaging setting that effectively incorporates the local culture. The smart, believable denouement will have readers looking forward to Brar’s next endeavor.”-Kirkus Reviews

“A literary mystery saga that includes far more depth and psychological and cultural insights than your typical murder mystery’s scenario.” -D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review


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Neena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favorite books. 

A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader. 

Tied to Deceit is her debut novel.

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14 thoughts on “Book Review: Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar

    • Same! I found myself losing focus often. That’s why I thought it might be good for those readers who like to read a little bit, then walk away and come back when they want; I called them leisure readers 😉

      Like you, I need constant keep me on my toes suspense or my mind wanders.


    • True! But I do like a bombshell or twist somewhere in-between to keep me engaged. This one had a bit of that with the character backgrounds, but the pace and closing wasn’t “boom pow.” Did I just reference BEP, oh goodness. It’s not a cozy mystery, but may align more with that genre than suspense/thriller.


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