Book Review: Hungry Gods by Richa Lakhera

Introduction


Source: Goodreads.com
ISBN 978-93-5304-079-6

Genre: Fiction 

Publishers: Rupa Books

Price: Rs. 295/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Behind the Book

Beaten and brutally raped, her body is never found. However, the killers make one mistake. They leave a witness, a witness who has nothing to live for except revenge. And when he crosses the boundaries of time to make the guilty pay, a whole lot of dark characters come to light. There is Valentine, the superstar brand ambassador who sells anything for a price; there is Medici, a pharmaceutical company fraudulently manufacturing banned drugs; there is the perverted and sinister minded Dr Ranga and there is Este, the prostitute whose dark secret will blow up a daughter’s sanity.

So, is there another murder waiting to happen? Will Police Inspector Dorab Silva be able to connect the clues to prevent another crime? Will these gods of greed be exposed? And yes, you will be surprised by who you will find there, finally. Deeply unsettling, Hungry Gods takes a hard look at greed for wealth and power.

About the Author

Hungry Gods is Richa Lakhera’s third novel, she has previously written Item Girl, a crime novel and Garbage Beat, a satire on the Indian entertainment industry. A libertarian addicted to absurdism, she works as Deputy Editor at NDTV. She has a Master’s in Organic Chemistry and Bio-technology and is the recipient of the Indian Council for UN Relations (ICUNR) Award for Excellence in Journalism. Richa divides her time between New Delhi and Mumbai and is currently working on her next crime fiction novel.



The first thing you notice about this book is its beautiful, eye-catching cover which is so striking.As you pick it up, you realise the blurb piques your interest even further in the book.

The most interesting thing about this book has to be the style of its narration. Alternating between first and third person, with no clear location this story is mysteriously intriguing. The time stamp before every chapter is the only dot that connects them further making it an engrossing read as you keep turning page after page with anticipation.

If you were to look at the plot, it has got nothing new to offer but it is the treatment which makes it different and refreshing. The author has taken a cliche plot, sprinkled it with interesting characters and added more zing to the narrative making it a compelling read. Her characters, just like her writing, have unique names and make you connect with them instantly.

Once the tone is set in the first few pages, the story catches speed with scene after scene unraveling the story like a movie. I think the only thing missing in the book was background score which would have just made it perfect.

It is dark, intense, gripping and exciting to read how the whole story unfolds - kudos to the author for keeping the surprise element alive till the end.  Without a single dull moment, the author through her writing prowess leads us into the world of her imagination and ensures we are held captive till the story ends. The climax is superbly done, one that totally leaves you speechless. Though the book is fiction you cannot help but wonder if it is inspired by real life, as the story looks totally plausible in today's world and that is what ups the oomph quotient of the book.

Recommended for all crime thriller and suspense lovers, this one is to be watched out for!


Foodie Verdict

This book is like  Dal Pakwan - A perfect companion for a day when you want to pep your mood!

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