The Perfect Brother


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
448 Pages
Reviewed on 01/12/2023
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Perfect Brother by Chris Patchell is a murder mystery with a twist. The story follows Indira Saraf who was used to living in the shadow of her perfect brother, but she loved him too much to resent him. Coming from a traditional Indian family where boys were always better than girls, Indira knew that her job as a software engineer would never match up against college professor Amar Saraf. However, the perfect image of Amar was shattered when he was arrested for the murder of Mallory Riggins, his student and his lover. But Indira believed Amar was innocent and was simply being framed. She used her skills to look into the murder and hunt for any clue that could prove to be Amar’s salvation. But could Indira do it all before she became a victim herself?

I sympathized with Indira a lot. I understood why she fought so hard to gain her parents' praise and tried to compete with her brother without resenting him. Coming from a subcontinent household myself, where the male child always is the priority, I could understand her dilemma. But she loved Amar and that showed in how hard she worked to clear his name. Chris Patchell did wonders with this story. I would not have guessed who was behind the murders for the life of me. Realizing the identity of the killer was a guessing game, but I had no idea who it was until the climax. The details were fantastic and vivid, the dialogues were realistic, and the characters were wonderfully human! It doesn’t get better than this!