A Fast-Paced Book, full of guile !!!
Goodreads Rating: 3/5
Truth be told, I received this book in afternoon itself, as a review copy in exchange for an honest review & wrapped it up in a single sitting by evening .
Beginning with the striking front cover which I believe is one of the finest reason for any reader to pick this book in an instant his/her eyes fell on it. Picture of a man, with blood red eyes, holding a knife upright embedded on an iconic plain background.
The story begins with the birth of a devil who brought the death of his mother as soon as he stepped into the world and his father, Brahmanand, was a senior scientist who stays buried in his research didn't have a single second to waste on his son. Brahmanand's inability to cope up with the situation lead Latika to take little infant in her care but her decision wasn't welcomed by her husband & five years later, still young, devil returned to his own home & whatever happened after that triggered the chain of events that made him the No. 1 serial killer of India . And on another side, a super lady-cop living with a guilt took the case to hunt down this maniac killer but found him a step ahead till she put herself as a bait.
Apart from the two protagonists, the only person that covers an important part of the story is Kalantak Baba who truly took the boy under his wing & imparted him his vast knowledge of small & big confidence tricks. He taught him everything that he would need to survive on his own.
Author has delivered a package of the racy plot with an elegant writing & delightful language.
Situations with the plot:
# Albeit the plot is pacy but I felt some loopholes in the story. Our killer hopped from one prey to another quite frequently that too in a conflicted pattern.
# Lack of research, I guess, causes the unclear image of the police official & their working scenarios.Like really, no cop ever thinks of his/her forensics to work at snail's speed, had never read in fiction & surely never happens in real life.
# Character of Rozy seems to be inserted forcefully just to wrap the plot & hence the same reason flags up ' Lack of Research ' while writing serial-killer thriller.
So' Raakshas ' is pacy but an unconvincing tale that 'll pull the strings of the brain.
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" This is Not a Paid Review ! I received this Book as a Review Copy from Author & The Opinions expressed in the review are my own , and remain unbiased and uninfluenced . "