The young lady, Balakarthiga, who authored this short but profound thriller story, is my sweetheart from school, a dear beloved twin sister who insists on flawlessly dazzling me with the grip she has over her pen. Three Girls and a Crime: The Beach House Affair is Bala’s third e-published book, after Heartstrings and Broken Magic, that adds to the list of recommended books on Amazon Kindle for all of you who love to enjoy a well-written, fast-paced, personalised narrative.
My first impression on reading the title and seeing the cover was of me shocked and wondering if three girls actually murder someone during their holidays at a beach house. But the plot is entirely different as it opens up to three college students – Evita, Tanya and Zeba – lounging around in their apartment, poor Evita dealing with the blues of a cruel breakup she recently endured, and as the other two open the door hoping to spend the day frolicking with treats and movies to help cheer their broken hearted friend up, they come face to face with policemen outside the apartment changing the course of their anticipated day by revealing a crime committed by the last person they expected.
With Tanya’s older brother in the police force and filling them in on the details, the three girls nurse a burning desire to find out a way to clear the convicted man’s name, having personally faced his compassionate nature that has made their stay in their apartment comfortable so far. The quote Bala started the story off with, said by Sebastian from The Little Mermaid – ‘The human world is a mess’, is brevity metaphorically referring to the chaos in the convicted man’s head, as he insufferably unknots the yarn tied around the crux of the reality hidden to the three girls when they softly coax him to open his heart.
The events leading to the climax as the girls bring out the brave avatars within them formulates the rest of the story. While this exists to be the kind of sketched plot with arrows and cross outs as the author maps everything out on a rough, trusted notepad, the brand of the pen said author uses to display those circled events distinguish a plain, boring narrative and a rich, riveting narrative. Bala is a pro in the latter. Give her any scene to write and she’ll give you ten times the product you hoped for. An accomplished writer with an amazing talent for making readers burn for more (Message to Bala: You know which particular sequence I’m talking about 😉 ), she wins hearts with the mellifluous pacing and deep insight to each and every imperative character in her stories. It’s one thing for a character in a long novel to attract readers and a whole another thing for a character from a short story to do the same job. Bala has poured her heart out in different ways as she stitches friendship, family, motherhood, crime, love and death together and I can assure an enjoyable, stirring and horrifying (in a good way) read existing in the form of Three Girls and a Crime.
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Waiting for more stories to spew out of your pen, Bala, you never fail to impress me in wondrous dimensions. Highly proud of you and I’m waiting for the day the paperback version of your dream novel will hop out of the shelves in demand.
Lots of love,