Wednesday, 17 February 2016

#BookReview ; Raakshas by Piyush Jha

What made him a serial killer?
Was he born with homicidal tendencies?
Did a harrowing childhood render him criminally insane?
The questions haunt, Additional Commissioner of Police, Maithili Prasad as she discovers the horrific murders across Mumbai. As she spearheads the greatest manhunt in Mumbai’s history, she’s determined to contain the reign of terror unleashed by the ruthless serial killer. But before that she must grapple with her personal demons that surface to plague her with self-doubt.
Just as it seems that Maithili has begun to understand the deep-rooted resentment that drives the serial killer, he turns around and makes her the object of his revenge. Will she emerge unscathed from this ordeal? 
This thrilling narrative of a serial killer’s life and the unusual and challenging investigation to catch him, uncovers a chilling trail of unspeakable torment and cruelty—the tale of… Raakshas.

Raakshas : India’s No. 1 Serial Killer is the latest book of Piyush Jha which as the title suggests is about mysterious serial killings happening in Mumbai. The author is an acclaimed film director, ad filmmaker & author of bestselling crime fiction novels. Since it was my first book by Piyush Jha I was actually quite eager to read his work since I have heard good things about his previous novels.

The story is fast paced which is totally necessary in this kind of book & is about the anonymous unfortunate child who becomes a serial killer eventually, partly because of fate & partly because of his need for recognition in society. Not to forget the nail biting chase between him & Maithili Prasad, Additional Commissioner Police who has been given the responsibility to catch him. But in order to do so Maithili Prasad needs to look beyond her past & try to think like him but will she be able to catch this genius killer? While one would think that the name of the novel just signifies the deeds of the serial killer but you surely will be surprised when you get to its real significance! You need to get this book to know!

I have a theory that to make one interested in a book it should must have an eye-catching cover *along with good story ofcourse* & this novel surely makes an impact as soon as you look at its cover. The additional information about the psychology of serial killers & also the stories of some Indian gruesome serial killers makes it more intriguing. It’s a book which has hits & lows but surely will entertain you till the last.

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