Friday, 5 August 2016

Book Review: City of Death by Abheek Barua

City of Death

Book Review: City of Death by Abheek Barua

*Publisher: Juggernaut *ISBN: 978-81-9323-721-2 *No of Pages: 263 *Cover: Hardback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction/Crime *Price: 399 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

Crime and mystery remains my favorite read, it always intrigues me. And if it’s from a debut author I am always eager to read it.  Why I loved to read mystery novels is they opens your thinking process, how it happened, who did it, what will be the outcome etc. it actives your brain cells.

Now the city of death is all about serial killer and somewhat a psycho. It’s not only about crime but the author has perfectly portrayed the life of metro and so called upper class family and their life’s secret are being weaved in the novel. It all starts with a murder of a young woman from high society and case is given to Crime branch for investigation.   
The novel is full of suspense, violent many times and it’s really difficult to guess the murderer, also the city name is never mentioned by the author but while reading one can know that it’s a Kolkata. The epilogue is described in such a way that I am waiting for the sequel of this novel.

The author failed to convey the message when future and past is described of any character, it is really distracting from whose point the future and past are being narrated, otherwise it is well written novel.

I really liked this well-crafted novel and recommend to those who love to read crime/mystery novels. 

P.S. This novel will help you to build and sharpen your vocabulary.

I received a free Hardback copy from the publisher Juggernaut Books in return of honest review.


On a muggy monsoon afternoon Sohini Sen gets a call from the chief minister’s office. A young woman from a well-connected family in the city has been found brutally murdered. Sen is brought back from a bureaucratic wasteland to the thick of the action. An intelligent and intuitive investigator who struggles with addiction and depression, Sen is ill-prepared for an investigation that is a political minefield with TV anchors and tabloids baying for blood. As various interested parties, armed with power and money, try to manipulate the murder enquiry, Sen is forced to question the very possibility of justice.

A moody, atmospheric novel that is as much about the Indian city and the dark depths of the human mind as it is about crime and investigation, City of Death marks the debut of a brilliant new voice.