Book Review – One Arranged Marriage Murder by Chetan Bhagat

By – Yogiraj Sadaphal

About Author

Chetan Bhagat is the author of nine bestselling novels which have sold over twelve million copies and have been translated into more than twenty language worldwide. The New York Times has called him ‘the biggest selling author in India’s history’. Several of his books have been adapted into films and were major Bollywood blockbusters.


Keshav and Saurabh are best friends, flat mates. Saurabh has a fiancé Prerna and on the occasion of Karva Chauth, Prerna had a fast and waiting for Saurabh in terrace. But when the Saurabh reaches there he found that Prerna was dead by falling from the terrace. But Saurabh do not believe that it was an accident because he saw Prerna’s phone on the opposite side of the road. He thought it was a murder. He started an investigation as Saurabh and Keshav have a detective agency by the name Z Detective. They first shifted to Prerna’s house as their lease was getting expired in next 2 months. They 1st suspected Aditya, Prerna’s uncle as his room is just below the terrace. They searched Aditya room and found a gloves and Prerna’s engagement ring. When they told about this to Ramesh uncle , Aditya got good scolding from Ramesh uncle but on the next day Aditya found dead in his own room by overdose of drug. After that they were thorn out of the prerna’s house but got to know about Prerna’s family secret that Prerna and Anjali were the daughter of Bindu and they were twins.

As Bindu was not mature enough to feed her children so Ramesh uncle took Prerna and gave Anjali to Geetu. As Saurabh have Prerna’s email account they got to know about Ramesh uncle have taken a loan for their car showroom and wanted money from Prerna but she hadn’t given it to Ramesh uncle. but the twist came in the story when Keshav justify his love for Anjali and told her to meet his all family member and by the time Ramesh uncle had a bail by his political power. When they went to Prerna’s house they said that they got the real culprit  and Ramesh uncle has no need to be in jail. Then Keshav asked Anjali to narrate the entire incident of Prerna’s death as she was the real culprit. Keshav got about it by the love bite in his chest that’s exactly similar to the love bite found in Aditya chest when they saw his deadbody. Then Anjali narrated all incident of terrace on Karva Chauth eve that how she came to the Seattle to Gurgaon and push Prerna from the terrace. She also told that because of difference of her life and Prerna’s life she did this all.

Recommend this book to read

In this story, there may be only one or two things which are quite easy for the readers to get suspicious. I won’t say the crime or investigation will blow your mind but you will definitely enjoy reading it and framing of the crime is well enough. I personally found the sarcastic comments made by Keshav funny and witty. It’s a novel which you wants to complete in just one sitting. If you want to read something written in simple English and which has crime, love, friendship and humour in it, this book will quench your thirst.

Rating: 4/5

Pacing: Medium

Intended audience: Teenagers.

Content warnings: murder, investigation.