Review of Bhendi Bazaar

Title : Bhendi Bazaar

Author: Vish Dhamija


‘Bhendi Bazaar’, a crime fiction book which covers the story of three girls turning into prostitutes and a tale holding the suspense of a serial killer who targets escorts and binds the thread of suspense. The title of the book astutely insinuates what would be the story about. If you’ve already read Vish Dhamija’s first book then this book will force you to read it after going through its blurb.

As the back cover says:
”1982 Three teenage girls planning a flight from the Soviet Union to the West end up being sold in Mumbai’s red-light area instead.

The murderers start a quarter of century later.

The victims are all men. All of them tricks, waiting for trysts with high-class escorts. DCP Rita Ferreira is quick to recognize the serial-killer strain; the media isn’t far behind. The news sends shockwaves through the city. The first serial killer in living memory of Mumbai is out on the streets.

As Rita grapples to establish the killer’s pattern through Bhendi Bazaar, the killer gives her 24 hours to stop the next murder. Can she do that before she becomes the next victim?”

Author’s prowess lies in giving birth to witty and clever plots along with a quality narrating fashion. His storytelling art and amount of humor he involves in his tales make the book a complete package giving readers a fruitful tale. Both of his books serve the proper amount of taste reader wishes to have when he/she starts to read it.

The juxtaposing of the past and present events is bewitching. The timing of the arrival of the events is perfect and the way author has portrayed each of them goes well with the climax. Point-to-point description of each of the event grips the attention of the reader throughout and maintains the flow of the story. Author has created zigzag edges to reach to every next node, and the suspense every next node reveals makes the reader fall more in the trap . Till the end of the story, the suspense has been created cleverly and one couldn’t guess what would come next.

The only glitch I had with this book is that the story at some places goes out of sync. At very rare places, I felt that the story travels out of the track which deters my attention, then again after some time it regains its posture and comes to its place.

A gripping tale which offers you a suspenseful ride, an entertaining journey which keeps you glued to it till you unfold the hidden pages and discover the end. If you are a mystery lover and love to read suspenseful tales, then you could blindly choose this book. Also if you liked Vish’s debut book, ’Nothing Last Forever’, then this book won’t disappoint you.

A crime thriller suited up to enthrall you!

Rating:4.5 /5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari


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