Wednesday, 30 May 2018

#BookReview : Obsessed by Ruchi Kokcha

Title: Obsessed
Author: Ruchi Kokcha
Publisher: Harper Collins India
Published on: 15th May 2018
Pages: 244
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-9352779178

"Lack of love from someone close to you can play havoc in one's mind"


Investigative journalist Avik has finally found the one case that could bring him glory. Or death. As the mystery behind millionaire Kalki Rajput's murder grows thicker, Avik is forced to risk it all to bring out the truth that has eluded many before him. If only he could uncover what the victim's daughter had witnessed. Of course, that would mean diving into the depths of her madness. He had thought he could resurface with the truth. Now he will count himself lucky if he makes it out alive. And sane.


The cover page of the book is very beautiful and attractive in intense shades of blue and dark pink. It has a blurry image of a girl with beautiful, long curly black hair which is apt and connectable with the story. I really liked it a lot.


Obsesed by Ruchi Kokcha is a dark, unusual and a bold psychological thriller which revolves around journalist Avik who is forced to find out the truth behind millionaire Kalki Rajput's death. And the other character is Ananki Rajput who is very mysterious. Both Avik and Ananki have their own obsessions. 

Obsessed is a very interesting and engaging read which is a kind of  a puzzle having different elements of love, hate, madness and suspense. The book deals with mental illness like depression and also highlights on loneliness in a child and what goes through a child's mind if he is neglected by the parents and just taken care by the nannies.

Obsessed is written in simple language in a lucid manner, having the various events in the story written in a detailed manner with the point of views of both the protagonists, Ananki and Avik. At some points there is a mention of Shakespeare and even poems which I really liked a lot. 
Both the characters Ananki and Avik are very well developed and are powerful and I loved Ananki's character because in the whole story her different shades can be seen and a lot can be explored. And I found  Avik's character very greedy and selfish. The supporting characters are also very well developed. 

The story line is very engaging which made me hook to the book till the end and the plot is very strong and tightly bound. A lot of different feelings evoked while I was reading it. It has some uncommon issue which is not so much discussed and I really liked how the author has raised it. The story is full of twists and turns and the climax is shocking and unexpected. The story moves a bit slow in the initial chapters just to build it up and then it is fast paced and I really liked the connectivity in various scenes. 

Lastly, the emotions are very beautifully expressed in the book and I was very much able to empathise with the characters especially Ananki. It made me cry at various points and even think a lot, and the title "Obsessed' is very well justified.

Overall, Obsessed is a book full of suspense which sends chills in your spine. A very well written and an insightful book. I really enjoyed reading it a lot and awaiting more to read by the author. I would highly recommend this book to all the psychological thriller lovers.

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Ruchi Kokcha is a writer and a poet who truly believes in her saying "People come, people go, poetry stays." A lover of stories, she did her Master's in English Literature from Delhi University. Currently working as a teacher, whennot immersed in books or typing her heart out, she loves weight training at the gym or swaying to a Bollywood dance number. Obsessed is her debut novel.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

#BookReview: Murder In Paharganj by Kulpreet Yadav

Title: Murder in Paharganj
Author : Kulpreet Yadav 
Published on: 10th October 2017
Published by: Bloomsbury India 
Binding: Paperback 


On a cold December morning, a white woman is found murdered in a cheap hotel in Paharganj, New Delhi.
Vicks Menon, an out-of-work journalist, is tipped off by the hotel’s receptionist and is the first to arrive at the crime scene, where he discovers a lead. It’s the bus ticket used by the dead woman two days earlier. But Vicks is battling personal trouble. He has no money, an alcohol problem, and a nearly broken relationship with Tonya, his estranged live-in partner, a clinical psychologist who specializes in profiling hardened criminals.
Moving in and out of the shadows, Vicks pushes his investigation harder as it takes him from Udaipur to Bangkok. On his side, for resources, he has a nameless intelligence operative, and to read minds, a lover who is beginning to trust him again. But above all, his instinct to stay inches ahead of death will be the key to his survival.
If Vicks lives, this is one story that will change his life forever.


The cover page of Murder in Paharganj is very attractive. It is in green and black colours having an image of man which is black and just half face of a girl behind. The cover page is really nice and I liked it a lot. 


I really like to read crime thrillers because they make me stick to my reading corner and Murder in Paharganj by Kulpreet Yadav is one such book. It is a fast paced crime thriller about murder of Sherry Bing, who was found in a cheap hotel in Paharganj, New Delhi and Vicks Menon, a journalist arrives first at the crime scene. It is such a gripping crime thriller that I wasn't able to put it down. This is a very action packed thriller .

The novel is written in a simple language in a very fluent manner, having small chapters and the events are described very well in a detailed manner, with a very fast and pacy narration.It kept me hooked till the end. The plot is very intriguing and full of suspense and is very well planned that in the every dot comes in place. It is very tight and at various points at kept guessing a lot. It is full of twists and turns making it a page turner. It was a rollercoaster ride for me with so many twists and turns and I enjoyed this ride a lot. At various instances I was able to visualise the events which made it all the more interesting.

The characterization of the book is very powerful. All the characters are very well developed especially Vicks Menon and I really enjoyed reading about him, the way he was connecting dots to investigate to his emotional turmoil and the way the author has penned down his internal conflicts is  amazing. Apart from him other characters were Jamie, Tonya, ACP Rao etc. The book is set in India as well as in abroad. 

Overall, a very interesting and an engaging read filled with twists, having a strong plot and has elements of love, drama, crime and suspense. I enjoyed reading it a lot. It kept me at the edge and is a page turner. I would highly recommend this book to all the crime thriller lovers. Now, I can't wait to read another book by the author.

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One of the leading fiction writers in India, Kulpreet Yadav retired voluntarily from the armed forces to pursue a career in writing in 2014. Also a motivational speaker now, he has spoken at more than two hundred schools, colleges, and global corporate brands during the last four years. Popular for his Andy Karan series, his new spy novel, Murder in Paharganj, was published by Bloomsbury India in Oct 2017. Kulpreet lives in Delhi with his wife and two daughters.

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