Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Silent Monument by Shobha Nihalani

About the book

A young journalist is murdered for discovering hidden secrets in the caverns of the Taj Mahal. His widow decides to continue his work with devastating consequences. 

What I think

What I liked best about this novel was that it was set in India. I love reading books about different countries, cultures and peoples. I was especially interested to learn about the character's different backgrounds and how these differences affect their daily lives.  

There is a huge cast of characters in this story and they were all cleverly interwoven at various intervals within the narrative. I feel that this number could have been reduced somewhat, without compromising the story at all, and lowering the risk of confusion.  

This book is a real page-turner. I found myself totally absorbed on the boat to Macau, despite my seasickness!  

About the Author

Shobha Nihalani has a degree in Business and has worked as a freelance journalist, copywriter, book-keeper, teacher and salesperson. Her short stories have appeared in Hong Kong Writers Circle anthologies as well as the annual anthologies of the Women in Publishing Society. The Silent Monument is her second novel.  


  1. "The Silent Monument" - By Shobha Nihalani,

    While much has been written over the decades on The Taj Mahal, your book indeed expresses both the positive and negative aspects of this important & sensitive topic.

    Such an outstanding thrilling and i agree a real page turner.. Loved the cover page...Keep it up...

    1. Hi Shama,

      Thanks for reading the review and posting a comment. I'm sure the author will be delighted with your comments.

  2. I have just finished reading "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts. Another page-turner about India.

    1. I've got that book sitting on my shelf. Haven't got round to it yet, but will do soon as have heard many good things about it!

  3. Nice review. Sounds like a great read. I love books that you can't set down.

    1. Hi Donna,

      Thanks for reading and posting a comment. If you've got anything to recommend, drop me a line!


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