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The cover was quite a simple one with a woman’s nape exposed. It is not the most interesting cover but once you read the book, you understand why it was probably chosen for the cover. For a long time, I had avoided reading it because the cover did not really say much about the story. After reading a few reviews and the summary, I finally decided to dive into the book.


Name: City of Death
Author: Abheek Barua
Format: Softcopy
Number of pages: 270
Availability: Goodreads (Buy it here)
Rating: 4/5


It was a good title for the story. The title was the only reason I had kept the book lying on my virtual shelf.


I loved the English language used in the book. The choice of words was highly creative. I learnt a lot of new words from this book.


The story starts with an honest and efficient cop who messes up her own life after being cast aside due to dirty politics. She has her doubts when she is reinstated into the police force by higher authorities for reasons unknown to her. The story revolves around the existence of corrupt politicians, confused civilians and police work interruptions. It also emphasizes on why people witness a crime and look the other way instead of coming forward as witnesses.

The author brings into light a lot of truths about a rich family and their twisted thinking. He heavily touches on a heart-breaking fact where parents neglect their children’s dilemma and give importance to traditions and house chores. The author subtly shows the result of gifts and monetary advancements by busy parents to avoid dealing with their children’s difficult emotions. He also discusses various marriages and how people are driven to lose their partners due to intolerable circumstances.

I like how the author talks about the world turning into a rat race that ultimately affects us; mentally and physically. How the increasing wealth can sometimes lead to several health issues, depression, bad eating habits, etc. How now-a-days it is not only about earning bread for your family but more about possessing power and being greater than your peers. The story interestingly plunges into the mind of a murderer who thinks he is helping people by killing them.


The language used was intriguing. I found many new and informative words.
The author has captured each character extremely well.
The story was very entertaining. It kept me hooked and I wanted to know what happened next and, of course, who the killer was.
What I liked the most while reading this book was that I shared the same thoughts and views as the author while he brought out an amazing story.


I did not find any areas for improvement but I wished I could read this book in a hardcopy format.


When I began reading the book, I thought it was a bunch of short stories about the lives of different people. Yes, I read the blurb and yet I assumed this until I reached the 4th chapter and realized that they are characters that are interconnected. I must say that this is a well-written story that you will surely appreciate due to the elaborate character definitions, exciting plot and well-thought-of ending.

Have you also read this book? Let me know your thoughts.

Check out the review done by my daughter HERE.

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  1. Noor Anand Chawla says:

    Sounds interesting! Nice to know your daughter reads too! Always fun to have someone at home to discuss books with.

  2. The story looks interesting and definitely worth a read. haven’t read anything by this author yet but looks promising with such a beautiful cover design and plot. will check if its there on kindle

  3. sonu chouhan says:

    The story in the book seems to be interesting..will add it to my collection..will try to read as soon as possible..hahah… actually i have a. Habit of adding to my books be read later on…but this book seems to make me to pick it first.

  4. MeenalSonal says:

    When characters are build strong and are interconnected later in story, it is like connecting the dots and with case solving books, it becomes even more intresting. And you are right that language binds the reader to the book.

  5. The title is intriguing enough for me to pick up. I always look out for genuine recommendations but this doesn’t seem like a book to read at bedtime.

  6. Alpana Deo says:

    That is my kind of a book. I like murder mystery and thriller. Looking at the cover and then your review, to me it seems as if the dilemma about emotions somewhat like a confused and unsure state.

  7. Jyoti says:

    The story and the title seems very interesting and it looks like a good read. Will try to grab it as my next.

  8. Rakhi Parsai says:

    Off late I haven’t been getting much time to read the books but this one has definitely intrigued me to pick it and read. Thriller has not been my cup of tea as I lack patience but sure going to pick this one.

  9. Roma says:

    The book seems so intriguing dear though this is not the genre of my choice but your exhaustive reviews entices me to give it a read

  10. Kaveri Chhetri says:

    Like the way uv written the review…. u haven’t given out too much or said too less. The story sounds interesting but like u said, the name isn’t very attractive . i’m sure its a good one time read.

  11. Sivaranjini says:

    Being rich and having money can never ever be equated to the time and emotional strength we can give to children.

  12. Aurora M says:

    My new specs really hindering me with my reading and writing schedule.
    I wish I could take up more books. Many are still in line.
    Will keep this in my list.

  13. Ruchi Verma says:

    I really love suspense and thriller books and this book and plat seem really nice. I am surely going to get my copy, thanks for the review.

  14. Raksha says:

    I am looking for a nice next read and the City of Death seems to fit perfectly with it. The story and the title seems very interesting and it looks like a good read. Will try to grab it as my next.

  15. Thriller is a genre I enjoy reading the most. This thriller seems to cover a lot of social issues that are relatable today. It sounds like an engaging read by Abhik Barua.

  16. Dipika says:

    I like the book title and its captivating blurb as you wrote above. This is my genre and I would love to get this in my hands. Though I am not much of an ebook person this is worth trying.

  17. Pooja Jha says:

    I agree, its a wonderful book, I am in the middle of this book. yet to complete, shall surely review the book once I complete it

  18. I like mysteries and thrillers. And The City of Death appears to be an intriguing read. This sounds like a fantastic book with an exciting plot.
    I’m excited to get started on it.

  19. Manisha Garg says:

    The title does look like a deterrent, no wonder it took you time to read. The book seems to cover a lot of social topics and is interesting to read, will check it out.

  20. sonu chouhan says:

    I didn’t knew much about it.though i am reader ..but haven’t knew much about it.will surely read this

  21. Abha Singh says:

    Loved your review Cindy. Really want to read this one now.

  22. This seems like a gripping story, I love tales which revolve around the existing system and the challenges they pose

  23. Sounds an interesting read Cindy will try to read this when I find time

  24. It seems like there is a lot going on in just one book. Sometimes this makes the storyline confusing but your review shows it is an very interesting read. Even your daughter does reviews, so cute!

  25. Looks like an interesting read. I often feel that choice of words takes it up a notch. Your review has brought that point a couple of times.

  26. Vyjay says:

    The City of Death not only has a riveting title, it also seems to have good characterization backed with a strong plot. Definitely something that I would love to get my hands on.

  27. The book seems really interesting with a gripping plot. Have not read any books of this author. But this one sounds really promising.

  28. Ritu Bindra says:

    I quite enjoy mysteries and thrillers. And City of Death seems like an interesting read. I liked the issues the author has touched upon. Quite pertinent to our times. Thanks for sharing the review.

  29. Brinda says:

    From your review I understood that a lot of social issues are covered in this book. Money isn’t everything though it is important to have a peaceful life.
    But in the end, we need to take care of human emotion and security especially for our children.
    This sounds like a great book with a thrilling plot also.
    I am looking forward to reading it soon.

  30. Madhu Bindra says:

    When you let money be your master, problems begin. The rat race and everything is a result of it. I would love to read this book. Thank you for sharing it.

  31. Kavita Singh says:

    Sounds like quite a promising read. Honestly, I haven’t yet found an Indian author’s book with a good, thrilling, and hard-hitting storyline book. Also, I am a fan of tangible books 🙂 there is something special about those instead of on Kindle or e-books. After reading your review, I am quite intrigued to pick it up for m next read.

  32. Loved your review of the book. Well detailed and informative, without giving out the story. I love political mysteries and thrillers, your indepth review surely has tempted me to read this book.

  33. Neeta Kadam says:

    I do not read virtually instead I love to read physical copy. But your review comple me to read this book. As I want to know what happened to that cop? How the rat race abd parenting issue handle? And yes how people go after money and murders?

  34. Agree cover of book is little confusing. loved your review. it was honest and crisp. seems book has an interesting plot and writer has glued readers till the end. will try to check this out.

  35. I initialy thought that it is a horror book. But the blurb sounded interesting to me. Will check it out soon.

  36. After reading your honest review about the book I would like to read it for sure. Added on my reading list.

  37. Neelam says:

    I love the way the author has raised some serious issues

  38. Shiny Kurien says:

    I liked the way you expressed the book..I am thinking of start reading The City of Death.. thank you

  39. Flavia says:

    With the kind of plot and the thots of people, different kind of things that you mentioned that it includes and uniqueness of the words used the book does sound pretty interesting. Liked the way you have mentioned abt the book review.

    • Sonia dogra says:

      I like that it touches upon so many contemporary issues like parenting being about gifts, our lives engulfed in a rat-race, façade of the rich and the prosperous. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Children, teens, young people.. They suffer from different factors yet many parents don’t pay any heed to them bcz they give more priority to the social norms. It’s a pathetic situation worldwide. Great the author wrote about it and this book is centered to this problem.

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