Book Review : Raakshas – India’s No.1 Serial Killer

Raakshas: India’s No.1 Serial Killer is a book by Piyush Jha that falls in the genre of a Crime Thriller. And here is the review of the same…

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Expounding the Anima

Book Cover

Firstly, let me start with the cover which very rightly requires a special mention. The book cover of Raakshas has been intelligently designed to fit the story and the title to the tee. The look of the person on the cover is deceptive.Wherein, he appears calm and introspective but quite intimidating with the knife.On a closer look, one gets to see the bloodshot eyes of a killer- hungry for revenge and bloodshed.This, in turn, speaks volume of his actual psyche.

Blurb

The story, as the blurb conveys, is that of ‘India’s No.1 Serial Killer’ which in turn is narrated by Maithili-a police officer who is fighting her own questionable past apart from being the investigative officer of the serial killer’s case.

Story Line

‘Raakshas’- opens with the birth of a baby boy to a scientist and his educated wife. The wife dies in childbirth and the baby is blamed for the untimely demise of his mother by the family members barring his aunt, who has a soft corner for the boy. The aunt takes the child under her care. However, the circumstances force the same boy to transform much later into a serial killer. What forces the child of such educated parents to transform into a monster forms the crux of the story.

Parallel to the boy’s story, we have Maithili whose past as a ‘killer’ haunts her into her present and affects the working of an efficient police officer.To know more about the transformation of an innocent child into a Raakshas and delve into Maithili’s past, you have to read the book!

Narration

Piyush Jha as a writer has been successful in keeping the reader intrigued. A compelling narrative of the spine-chilling killings that reflects on the psyche of a person with a disturbed childhood with two parallel stories makes Raakshas an engrossing read.

Yes, some of the descriptions of the gory acts are grisly and awful, but they are of prime importance.As a reader, one is forced to be taken on an emotional roller coaster, riding on the feelings of sympathy as well as hatred for the serial killer or Raakshas.The readers are sure to sympathize with him for his past and hate him for his present.If not for the descriptions , the acts of the serial killer would have been justified and commiserated.

Style and Language

The writer has reflected on issues of the law and order situation in our country, red tape nuisance, inefficiency of police force, lack of support and encouragement for efficient uniformed men and women due to political pressure, media trials which happen for the sake of TRPs, boom of ‘ fake babas and sadhus’ and the ever-increasing number of people duped by these fake babas. All this is sure to make the readers step back and prod.

At the end of the book, there are some real-life accounts of the serial killers of India, which is again petrifying.  All this has been conveyed in a simple and intelligible Indian English.

Raakshas – A review

The only grey area of the story would be the random rattling away of the names of streets and places of Mumbai and Pune during the course of the story. The writer could have devoted some more paragraphs in giving vivid descriptions of these streets to make it more authentic and convincing.

Underlying all this, the fact that no one is born a serial killer but the circumstances force a person to become one, keeps reckoning in the reader’s mind till the end. Also, a very strong message of ‘How parental guidance and upbringing can influence a child to transform either into a Marvel or a Monster’ forms the undercurrent of this book.

These aspects give the story a humane touch though being a crime thriller and this is where the writer in Piyush Jha excels.

Parting Words

The story of ‘Raakshas’ has got all the ingredients to be transformed onto the silver screen.I am eagerly awaiting the release. As for the book Raakshas, it makes a very good read and keeps the reader on tenterhooks until the end.Go for it!

 I give this book a rating of 3.5 / 5!

Title: Raakshas
Writer: Piyush Jha
Number of Pages: 233
Publishers: Westland Pvt
Courtesy: WritersMelon

I received this book from WritersMelon in exchange for an honest review.


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2 Comments

  1. Super review! Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. One question: what do you mean by “Indian English” 🙂
    Looking forward to more reviews and blog posts!

    1. Hey thanks for the feedback.Indian English is the use of English interspersed with Hindi words!

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