05 September, 2017

The Mahabharata Murders by Arnab Ray - [Book Review]

Book Details:

Title: The Mahabharata Murders
Author: Arnab Ray
Genre: Thriller, fiction
Publisher: Juggernaut
Length of the book: 300 pages
Source: A free review copy from Juggernaut


One by one, the Pandavas fall.

Duryodhana claims to be reborn. In modern-day Calcutta.

A beautiful model. He cuts her open. His DRAUPADI

He hammers surgical needles into his SAHADEVA. The head of NAKULA he severs.

Will Detectives Ruksana Ahmed and Siddhanth Singh be able to keep him from his ARJUN, BHEEMA and YUDHISTHIRA?

Or will Duryodhana finally win?

My Review:

First of all, this book is not about mythology, but it's a thriller fiction based on some Mahabharata characters. This is the story of a Psyco killer on loose in Kolkatta and the investigation of murders by the homicide branch officers Ruksana and Siddhanth. When the killer murders people one after the other assuming himself as the reincarnation of Duryodhana in Mahabharata and the victims as Pandavas, the detectives have to think fast and smart to stop more killings.

More than the murders, it's the character of Ruksana that moved me. She is real. She is not strong, believes in doing right, gets manipulated by everyone around but sails on the safe boat atlast. The plot is interesting with analogies from Mahabharata stories. The climax is not very predictable and allowed readers to think a lot about the murdere and the motive.

What i didnt like in the book is the way climax is carried out. The plot is good but might have written in a better way. When the author tries to explain about the murderer and his motives through a third person, it seems like a slight disconnect for the reader. The reader's mind gets confused on why he has to trust second hand information instead of directly understanding the motive from the murderer through some clues. But, i liked the way it ended. 

Overall, I would recommend this to someone who love crime thrillers.

My Rating: 4/5

PS: I have received this book from Juggernaut for review and this is my honest opinion on the book.

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About the Author:

Arnab Ray, better known as Greatbong, is one of India's most widely read bloggers who blogs at Random Thoughts Of A Demented Mind. He is known for his sarcastic takes on the Indian film industry, Indian politics and society in general. His blog was awarded the "Indiblog of the Year" at Indibloggies in 2006[1] and 2008. He has written for several media outlets like the Washington Post, Outlook magazine and Live Mint. He graduated from Jadavpur University as a Bachelor in Computer Science and Engineering and went on to finish his PhD in Computer Science from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is presently employed as a research scientist at the University of Maryland and resides in the suburbs of Washington DC. His first book "May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss", published by Harper Collins, was on India Today's Bestsellers list.

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