Book Review: Dead To Them by Smita Bhattacharya

Here’s my take on Dead To Them by Smita Bhattacharya.

Front Cover - Dead To Them by Smita Bhattacharya


Moira Madhwa is the typical young, beautiful and successful urban woman until the day she goes missing. Her friends start looking for her, but quickly realize nothing is as it seems. Moira had kept devastating secrets—secrets that could wreck their lives if revealed. As days roll by, one by one, skeletons tumble out of closets, and each of Moira’s friends’ looks guilty. But did one among them hate her enough to do the worst? A nail-biting, psychological suspense thriller, Dead to Them weaves a web of deception, lies, and paranoia in the city of Mumbai, where every face hides a dark story and uncovering it can lead to disastrous consequences.


Moira Madhwa, a twenty-nine-year-old woman, lives in Mumbai, has a nice job and some wonderful friends. Suddenly one day, Moira goes missing out of nowhere. After she goes missing, her friends and colleagues search for her. While in search of finding Moira, some secrets are revealed, some truths are discovered, and true colors of some people come in light. What has happened to Moira? Would they be able to find her? Is she alive or dead? Read the book to find all about Moira and the secrets surrounding her.

Coming to the review, Smita Bhattacharya has done her best to weave a nail-biting suspense thriller and I would say in most of the parts she was successful at it. I take pride in saying that in the suspense stories that I have read earlier, I was able to guess the suspect in them but when it came to this, this book made me turn its pages and brainstorm. All characters looked equally guilty and responsible. The climax of the story was brilliant. I’m trying really hard not to reveal any spoilers but still give a clear review of the book. From the first page, we know something has happened to Moira but what is that something is a mystery till the last few pages.

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Mockup - Dead To Them by Smita Bhattacharya

Moira is shown as a strong and independent woman who lives life on her terms and conditions.

“Like a puppeteer I control lives; no one controls me.” 

The story in the book is of seven days, from the time Moira goes missing till the time the mystery is solved. All events described in the book happen in those seven days. There are few chapters in Moira’s perspective describing her equation with other characters in the book.

This book was really a fresh read. 

I would like to give the book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

I feel like the characters in the books should be introduced slowly so that reader can get time to know and remember the characters. In Dead To Them, many characters were introduced in the first few pages hence it became confusing to me for a while but yes, I eventually remembered all of them. The characters annoyed me a bit too. I know they were all trying to save themselves but at a point, it felt a bit irritating to see the characters being so self-centered. The only character who really looked worried about Moira was Kavya. The book is a bit slow in the beginning. The narration could have been better and there were one to two editing errors, nothing more.


I read the review of this book on one of my friend’s blog and was instantly intrigued to read the book. Finally, when I got my hands on this book I was not disappointed at all. The book kept me hooked throughout. To everyone who loves to read a thriller could go for this book. Dead To Them is a fantastic read. I absolutely liked it.

Thank you and regards,

Kashish Agrawal

Also read: Book Review of The Alphabet Killer by Prachi Sharma

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