The Mahabharata Murders by Arnab Ray deals not only with serial killing, but also with Indian mythology. Regular readers of my blog know that I love reading books related to these topics. Therefore, my happiness knew no bounds when I got an opportunity to read and review this book. And, I am happy to say that this book did not disappoint me. In fact, the book was freaking amazing.
The book takes you to Kolkata where a cat and mouse game is going to begin between two investigating officers and a serial killer. Ruksana Ahmed, one of the investigating officers, is the main lead and the story has been narrated from her point of view. She is a strong-willed policewoman but her turbulent past keeps troubling her. The serial killer of this novel thinks himself as a modern version of Duryodhana and he has been killing modern versions of Pandavas one by one. Will Ruksana Ahmed and her colleague be able to stop this vicious murderer? Well! You have to read the book to know that. I do not want to spoil this beautifully written story. On the other hand, I want you to thoroughly enjoy reading it.
The book impresses you on many levels. The author has taken elements from the Mahabharata and woven a complex but brilliant plot by using the same. This plot is strong enough to carry readers’ attention till the end. The plot grabs you, pulls you in and the book can be placed in the category of real page-turners. I also liked how this book picked pace from the first page itself. And, most importantly, this pace was maintained throughout the book. The storyline is both twisting and exciting, and also thrilling to its core. While I won’t say that it will keep you on the edges of your seats, it will certainly entertain you. I can emphatically vouch for that. The characters have been sketched well and I enjoyed the sick and twisted chemistry among different characters. Most of these characters are multi-layered and flawed, and this is what makes them both realistic and believable.
Violence is explicitly described in this book. There are multiple murders and the descriptions of the dead bodies are detailed at most of the times. Therefore, you may not like this book if you do not like graphic accounts of dead bodies. Additionally, a number of things are not explained in this book. The author has left these things on readers’ imagination. So, don’t go for this book if you want each and everything explained to you. This novel is not a simple murder mystery. It is a complex plot and the author has tried to put more emphasis on the story behind the crime. To the credit of the author, he has successfully achieved that.
This was my first book by Arnab Ray and this is certainly not going to be my last. I will be looking forward to his other books. Go for this book if you love to read dark murder mysteries.