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
Number of pages: 270
Availability: Goodreads (Buy it here)
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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