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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?

REVIEW : A book that has a cover showcasing one thing and a narration style that completely denies it. The story originally is told from two perspectives, the serial killer and the cop. As the book progresses it shifts to a single perspective (the cop’s) and she narrates whatever he does. Later on, we get a couple of victim’s perspectives.

As it progressed it felt more and more like a flowery crime report (I’ve never read a crime report) than a book. If you’ve ever seen documentaries on serial killers you know what I mean. It doesn’t feel like a story (eg Hannibal or a James Patterson book).

This book is not about India’s No.1 Serial Killer. It is about the cop chasing him. The entire book reads like a synopsis of a much bigger, more detailed novel. Maybe that was the original manuscript and maybe it wasn’t commercially viable. Whatever the reasons this book doesn’t feel like a complete book. It feels like sitting and listening to your grandparents telling you a story about their workplace and their biggest achievement minus the personal investment in it. Or if you watch Rob from Seriously Strange from YouTube do his serial killer files you’ll know exactly what this book reads like.

Piyush Jha probably would make a great movie with this. But that’s all I have to say.
On the other hand, had it been marketed as a chronological list of events that the cop went through to catch Raakshas I might have liked it better. My suggestion to anyone looking to read this would be to take into account that this isn’t a commercial horror thriller. It’s more like the script for a documentary on serial killers.

If this is an example of the author’s best work, I don’t think I’ll be reading anything else by this Mr.Jha. A nail file used to decapitate? Remove a head? Please. Those things can’t even file nails properly.

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I received this book from Writer’s Melon for review. My opinions are completely honest.