‘All the stories in the world are whispered in the wind. Listen! And the wind will blow one into your head.’
These words, whispered by a madman, haunt Jamshed Fali Irani. The young heir to a business empire in Bombay, he is in Goa to try and pursue his dream of being a writer. Locked away in a crumbling, decrepit mansion, struggling to write as the monsoon rains down, the wind brings to him the cries of a little girl wandering the ruins nearby. Alice is trying to find her sister, Sara, who went missing years before. Jamshed makes a reluctant promise to help her, and finds himself drawn into a story that is darker and more intriguing than any he could have imagined. With his new friend, Tania, to whom he is increasingly drawn, Jamshed attempts to unravel the mystery behind Sara’s disappearance.
Jamshed’s search leads him into a tangled tale of loyalty and deceit, at the heart of which lies murder. He has to find his way through a bewildering maze of contradictions as he tries to thread together answers to a mystery that involves a girl with the voice of an angel, a violin that plays the sorrows of the heart, and the bond between two friends who swear that not even death will do them part.
In this vividly written Gothic novel, alive with the sights and smells of pre-Independence Goa, Venita Coelho tells a captivating, suspenseful, sweeping tale like no other.
Whisper in the Wind is a compelling murder mystery which is innately gothic and thriller by mood. Venita Coelho has produced a gripping book, with the story based in Goa.
The book revolves around an aspiring author, Jamshed who rents a bungalow to fulfill his dream of writing a successful book. Things take a turn when he stumbles onto the missing case of Alice’s sister which gets more interesting after they find a diary.
The plot circles around Jamshed, Sara and Nina and journeys through various emotions. The plot is full of drama, betrayal, love, family.
The writing is simple but makes you imagine the world inside the book, quite clearly. The descriptions are movie like but the characters are not unique. A lot of stereotypical characters are used in the book and the plot gets dragged in the middle; though, the last few pages make up for that.
The writer has fairly used a refreshing style in the mystery genre. The end of the book gives a closure to the story and hence completes a circle quite well.
This is an easy read and hence can be picked up at any given point.
Genre: Fiction (Thriller)
My Rating: 3/5