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Reviewed by Risah Salazar for Readers' Favorite
Darya Nandkarni moves to Chapel Road in Bandra, Mumbai because, according to her, the place has a lot going on. It is true for both good and bad reasons. The good one is that it is a prime spot in the area; the bad one is that in the last two to three years, three girls from this road have gone missing - no bodies, no evidence. At first, this does not bother Darya and her best friend, now also roommate, Veda because the rent is cheap. But then their landlord, Viktor, and his sister, Debbie, become weirder and weirder as the days pass. Then one of their neighbors, a Polish couple, also goes missing, and the rest of the tenants coming in seem to have their own dark secrets. Darya encourages Veda to investigate on their own but she's definitely not ready for what she's about to find out.
Smita Bhattacharya's The Secret Angels is a gripping crime suspense novel that does not let up. It does not waste time and captures readers right away with its mystery. Chapel Road is introduced in both the physical and emotional sense with great imagery. The tone is dark and looming; the story is engrossing and it's so easy to read. In this tale, Bhattacharya shows Mumbai's culture and pressing social issues as she sends chills down her audience's spines. There are parts that are a bit predictable but these are well-compensated with the overall intensity of the story. It has a realistic take that will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. The Secret Angels is the second installment in the series but it can be read as a standalone.