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Raakshas: The Serial Killer ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Raakshas: The Serial Killer Author Piyush Jha – Thomashillier.co.uk What made him a serial killer Was he born with homicidal tendencies Did a harrowing childhood render him criminally insane The questions haunt, Additional Commissioner of Police, Maithili Prasad as sh What made him a serial killer Was he born with homicidal tendencies Did a harrowing childhood render him criminally insane The questions haunt, Additional Commissioner of Police, Maithili Prasad as she discovers the horrific murders across Mumbai As she spearheads the greatest manhunt in Mumbai s history, she s determined to contain the reign of terror unleashed by the ruthless serial killer But before that she Raakshas: The PDF/EPUB or must grapple with her personal demons that surface to plague her with self doubtJust as it seems that Maithili has begun to understand the deep rooted resentment that drives the serial killer, he turns around and makes her the object of his revenge Will she emerge unscathed from this ordeal This thrilling narrative of a serial killer s life and the unusual and challenging investigation to catch him, uncovers a chilling trail of unspeakable torment and cruelty the tale of Raakshas.


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  1. Nikita (Njkinny& Nikita (Njkinny& says:

    by Piyush Jha narrates the thrilling, sometimes heartrending and sometimes horrifying journey of the making of a serial killer who transforms from a normal person to a Raakshas devil , a serial killer so terrible that there is no other word to describe him When I first heard about the book, I was intrigued by the unconventional topic of the book and its title Raakshas I hadn t read a book that focused on giving light to a killer s perspective by Piyush Jha narrates the thrilling, sometimes heartrending and sometimes horrifying journey of the making of a serial killer who transforms from a normal person to a Raakshas devil , a serial killer so terrible that there is no other word to describe him When I first heard about the book, I was intrigued by the unconventional topic of the book and its title Raakshas I hadn t read a book that focused on giving light to a killer s perspective and this, added to the fact that I had heard so much about Piyush Jha but never got a chance to read his work until now, I knew I had to read this book.The cover, title and blurb are an interesting and intriguing first glance package that are sure to attract the attention of the readers.The plot is different and well researched which shows right from the start The author managed to capture my attention right from the first chapter and soon had me feeling a multitude of emotions right from feeling sympathetic to the misfortune of a child to feeling horrified at the cruelty prevailing in the world around us, seemingly hidden behind the normal looking faces of people who are so devilish that I was thrown by the way their mind works and their heartlessness.The book is crisp, fast paced and had me sitting at the edge of my seat throughout Even when I felt repulsed by, horrified at and so heartbroken by the torture endured by the Raakshas that formed his childhood and made him a devil, I could not keep down the book I was so intrigued and eager to readPiyush has a way of bringing out the right emotions from the readers and had me totally engaged in the book However, despite his extensive research and detailed narrative, at places I felt the narrative deviating, getting a bit vague and had me feeling like instead of a story I was reading a research paper Maithili s narrations ended abruptly many times which could have been toned down to endsmoothly.The world building is impressive and the author showcases a very dark and a very different Mumbai from the sparkling one that we know A perfect setting for the serial killer, I got goosebumps reading the story and know I will never look at Mumbai the same way again.The murders are very detailed but still after a time they stopped shocking me, maybe because I was expecting them Maithili is a strong character but I felt her character could have been madeimpressive Her past trauma and that of the serial killer makes one feel both sorry andconnected with these characters This is the first book in a long time that had me sympathizing with the villain and thinking about the various ways through which he could have been saved from losing his innocence and from becoming an abhorred killer.The last few chapters look hurried and I think could have been madecrisp and appealing While I enjoyed the book, I do feel that the last part is weak and had so much potential to end in a blast.Still, this is a book that I enjoyed reading The bonus section that includes information about many serial killers in India is a pleasant surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.All in all, Raakshas is a book with a different plot that had me sitting glued to the story right till the end Recommended to everyone especially to lovers of crime thriller fiction, I give Raakshas 3.5 out of 5 Go read it and enjoy I know I will checking the other works by Piyush Jha in the future.This review is also available on Njkinny s World of Books Stuff


  2. Maniparna Sengupta majumder Maniparna Sengupta majumder says:

    Piyush Jha is quite a renowned name in the genre of Indian crime thrillers His latest publication, Raakshas India s No.1 Serial Killer, is a new feather in his cap Serial killers always said to have a different mindset and their brains work without any fear or contrition In this book Piyush has unfolded the life of an infamous serial killer who went havoc in Mumbai Not only the author has delineated the killer s early childhood and prepubescent days and then, his becoming a terror, but he h Piyush Jha is quite a renowned name in the genre of Indian crime thrillers His latest publication, Raakshas India s No.1 Serial Killer, is a new feather in his cap Serial killers always said to have a different mindset and their brains work without any fear or contrition In this book Piyush has unfolded the life of an infamous serial killer who went havoc in Mumbai Not only the author has delineated the killer s early childhood and prepubescent days and then, his becoming a terror, but he has also raised a question, do human beings are born as serial killers Or they are made into one The story is narrated from the point of view of a female IPS, who happens to be the investigating officer of the case She is the first one to identify the similarities in the modus operendi between two consecutive murders in Mumbai and assumes the nefarious activity of the said serial killer Then, after a few days, all hell breaks loose as the killer strikes again and again Each time, he is one step ahead of the police force and even shows the audacity to mock Madam over the phone A number of failed attempts on the officer s part earns her severe opprobrium, but she is determined to unmask the killer She has a past of her own with secrets buried in the depth of her mind that trouble her whenever she sees another dead body, a victim of the serial killer Will she ever be able to unearth the secrets behind this killing Will she be able to win the war against the faceless, brutal killer The book reveals the answers in the most intriguing way It took me 3 hours to finish the book This absolute page turner compelled me to burn the midnight oil The psycho analysis of the killer and, depiction of the events throw lights on the complex labyrinths of the killer s mind An unputdownable work.The lone editing error is on page 201 Oh, well, forget it


  3. Dhivya Balaji Dhivya Balaji says:

    FIRST IMPRESSION The cover seemed chilling enough The simple mugshot of a man with a bloodied knife and bloodshot eyes felt very apt for the title Raakshas a demon, devil, someone ruthless Having already read a previous work of the author, Anti Social Network , I thought I knew what to expect The blurb about a troubled female police officer trying to track a dangerous serial killer and ending up being on his hit list seemed strangely generic but also left enough options open for different FIRST IMPRESSION The cover seemed chilling enough The simple mugshot of a man with a bloodied knife and bloodshot eyes felt very apt for the title Raakshas a demon, devil, someone ruthless Having already read a previous work of the author, Anti Social Network , I thought I knew what to expect The blurb about a troubled female police officer trying to track a dangerous serial killer and ending up being on his hit list seemed strangely generic but also left enough options open for different interpretations.I took the Soon to be a major motion picture tag with a pinch of salt That is not a deal clincher in my opinion.REVIEW There are very few books that manage to hook the reader into the story in page one Most books try, though The story promises to be about India s number one serial killer, a man who is everyone s nightmare, a man who makes people afraid to even walk on the streets The beginning though, is not what one would expect from such a book Having read about serial killers in many previous books, I had assumed this book would also begin with a chilling murder and set the tone for the story Instead, it begins with the birth of a child who would one day terrorise the city The second chapter though, again begins with the birth of another character By this time, I had trained my mind to expect the journeys of both these characters penned in the chronological order to and after the point where their lives cross.No It does not do that, not exactly But it does that, in one way The previous few lines are examples of how the story has been sequenced in this book What started out with great expectations faltered in the way it was presented I would not go so far as to say it ruined the story and premise, but all through the book I had a nagging feeling that with proper presentation this could have been even better Maithili Prasad, a cop with a troubled past, an officer who keeps insisting that murders happening in the city are the work of a serial killer and doggedly follows that line.The highlight of the book is easily the background story of the serial killer It does not sympathise with the killer as is, nor does it justify the actions he has committed But it does give us a little insight into what makes serial killers Are the parents to blame Or is it the society What makes a normal human into such a developed version of a psychopath that he takes pleasure in killing other people What makes a man think being Mumbai s number one serial killer is an achievement he needs to obtain The book tells a generic story that could have happened, and maybe is happening to many young boys and girls.But where the book falters is in its execution The story is convincing, but some places could have been written better The killings lose their horrifying thrills after a point of time Sometimes there is no time for the reader to get acquainted with the victims and therefore feel for the loss of their life a crucial element in making a book on serial killers chilling and emotionally wounding The most believable part of the story is the place where the killer himself becomes obsessed with his pursuer, a cliche formula that is the sad truth Stoking his ego by rating him was a master touch, and shows the insensitivity of some media houses during such important times A lesson that can never be overdone.WHAT I LIKED The additional information on lesser known serial killers an appendix of sorts The background story of what made the serial killer the man he had become.The title and the summary.WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER Maybe it is the prominently displayed soon to be a motion picture tagline on the cover that did it, or maybe it was the style itself, but the narration did feel like a recollectionthan a chronological story.The killings lose their thrill factor after some time.No matter what backstory, the reader can never symphatise with the killer VERDICT Raakshas not as thrilling as the title, but still a terrific book RATING 3.5 5


  4. Meera Meera says:

    I finished Raakshas last night and I am still dwelling on the plot A bit haunting but a wonderful read.Raakshas by Piyush Jha A fast paced, spine chilling story of a serial killer and the police officer who s in pursuit.Piyush Jha, an acclaimed Bollywood director, is famous for his best selling crime fiction novels And it s one genre that always entices me Do I have to givereasons to pick this book First impression the cover page is too good and the title, catchy Raakshas India I finished Raakshas last night and I am still dwelling on the plot A bit haunting but a wonderful read.Raakshas by Piyush Jha A fast paced, spine chilling story of a serial killer and the police officer who s in pursuit.Piyush Jha, an acclaimed Bollywood director, is famous for his best selling crime fiction novels And it s one genre that always entices me Do I have to givereasons to pick this book First impression the cover page is too good and the title, catchy Raakshas India s No 1 Serial Killer India s No 1 Serial Killer is the story of a young man on a killing spree in the murky streets of Mumbai and how the police department handles the case.The protagonist is Mallika Prasad, Additional Commissioner of Mumbai, who investigates this maniac serial killer case Despite having a troubled past, one day she realizes that her dream is to bring justice to the society She tries hard and plans well for this case but then the killer is always a step ahead of her.The antagonist, who had a tormented childhood grows up to be a young man only to treat murder and brutality as his normal lifestyle.Both of their characterization was well crafted with their strong back stories I found the shades of the characters, especially around the antagonist, were only black and white.The book is captivating, fast, well written to hold your attention as soon as you start reading It only took me few hours to finish With the good language and impressive narration, I was able to visualize the scenes as they unfolded The plot was quite interesting but withconsistency and intricate characterization and details, it could have been even better.The entire story is actually narrated by the cop while I think a two way narration would have given muchthrill to the reader As a reader, I would have preferred the perspective of the serial killer rather than just the cop s.The relationship between the serial killer and Mallika could have beencomplex The story would have had definitely piqued the interest if their conversations had been longer and deeper The descriptions of murders were gruesome and I started getting knots in my stomach But after a while, they became predictive and those grotesque moments were not much effective I liked Mallika s plans to catch the killer But I was awed by the killer s activities, how he was smooth and smart when it comes to charming his victims, the determination he shows during his hiding after almost getting caught and then especially, his way of clearing the evidence.The book started with a bang but then the climax fell flat I think this book deserves a better ending after all Is the story trying to create sympathy towards the young boy or trying to rationalize his reasons for turning into a serial killer It s unclear Perhaps that could be taken as a plus for this particular plot.The bonus section at the end, where the author narrates the real life incidents of some infamous gruesome serial killers of India, is strangely enticing to read.Raakshas is dangerous but not very thrilling It s a wonderful script for a movie, but for a book, it is little less Pick this only if you re interested in psycho thriller or crime novels.Altogether, it is a gripping one time read which is a sure page turner


  5. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg says:

    Victims of circumstances in the past have two options, either they can continue feeling sad, scared, miserable or angry and seek revenge thereby becoming victimizers themselves or they can break the chains of negative thoughts and choose to deal with mistakes, tragedies, and trials to ensure that no one else goes through the same.Scarred and scared by traumatic past, the two protagonists of Raakshas chose two different paths One went on to become India s No 1 serial killer and the other a crus Victims of circumstances in the past have two options, either they can continue feeling sad, scared, miserable or angry and seek revenge thereby becoming victimizers themselves or they can break the chains of negative thoughts and choose to deal with mistakes, tragedies, and trials to ensure that no one else goes through the same.Scarred and scared by traumatic past, the two protagonists of Raakshas chose two different paths One went on to become India s No 1 serial killer and the other a crusader of law and order Who will be the victor between this battle of good and evil The city of Mumbai sees an unusual rise in bizarre and gruesome murders Multiple victims, all young girls and women, surface all around the city The killer leaves his unique signature on the crimes he had committed and his notoriety grows The Additional Commissioner of Police, Maithili Prasad spearheads the greatest manhunt in the history of Mumbai city But the killer with a high IQ is a step ahead of her and is clever enough to not get caught The killer enjoys as the media scrambles to showcase his sensational crimes, but is unhappy as he is not recognized for his genius and is not declared the country s no 1 serial killer Will the Mundi Cut Killer as the media dubs him, ever be caught This book grabbed my attention like no other in the recent past I just sat and turned page after page as the story gripped me from the word go Raakshas with its intense story line kept me in the edge of my seat and got me all anxious to see how it would end The inhumane treatment, the atrocities and abuse along with blood, guts and gore keep me hooked and intrigued The mystery and suspense and the desire to know the answers made reading Raakshas a thrilling roller coaster ride.This ride despite being racy, raised questions like what makes a serial killer Are the reasons physiological or psychological or both Are they born with homicidal tendencies Does a traumatic childhood make them criminally insane How the mind can adapt and fight to stay alive The background of the killer and the barbaric treatment and cruelty that was meted out to him as a child, sounded a bit unbelievable initially, but that s how criminals are made or born It could be due to genetic predisposition or environmental cues.A section at the end of the book which had spine chilling account and stories of India s least known serial killers gave me many creepy moments that nightmares are made of.Raakshas is a chilling, disturbing and suspenseful thriller that is recommended to fans of this genre.One of the best reads in a long time Thank you, Piyush Jha


  6. Rahul Khatri Rahul Khatri says:

    A Fast Paced Book, full of guile Truth be told, I received this book today itself, as a review copy in exchange for an honest review wrapped it up in a single sitting Beginning with the striking front cover which I believe is one of the finest reason for any reader to pick this book in an instant his her eyes fell on it Picture of a man, with blood red eyes, holding a knife upright embedded on an iconic plain background.The story begins with the birth of a devil who brought the death of h A Fast Paced Book, full of guile Truth be told, I received this book today itself, as a review copy in exchange for an honest review wrapped it up in a single sitting Beginning with the striking front cover which I believe is one of the finest reason for any reader to pick this book in an instant his her eyes fell on it Picture of a man, with blood red eyes, holding a knife upright embedded on an iconic plain background.The story begins with the birth of a devil who brought the death of his mother as soon as he stepped into the world and his father, Brahmanand, was a senior scientist who stays buried in his research didn t have a single second to waste on his son Brahmanand s inability to cope up with the situation lead Latika to take little infant in her care but her decision wasn t welcomed by her husband five years later, still young, devil returned to his own home whatever happened after that triggered the chain of events that made him the No 1 serial killer of India And on another side, a super lady cop living with a guilt took the case to hunt down this maniac killer but found him a step ahead till she put herself as a bait.Apart from the two protagonists, the only person that covers an important part of the story is Kalantak Baba who truly took the boy under his wing imparted him his vast knowledge of small big confidence tricks He taught him everything that he would need to survive on his own.Author has delivered a package of the racy plot with an elegant writing delightful language.Situations with the plot Albeit the plot is pacy but I felt some loopholes in the story Our killer hopped from one prey to another quite frequently that too with conflicted pattern Lack of research, I guess, causes the unclear image of the police official their working scenarios.Like really, no cop ever thinks of his her forensics to work at snail s speed, had never read in fiction surely never happens in real life Character of Rozy seems to be inserted forcefully just to wrap the plot hence the same reason flags up Lack of Research while writing serial killer thriller.So Raakshas is pacy but an unconvincing tale that ll pull the strings of the brain


  7. Bhasha Bhasha says:

    Serial killers Murders Dead bodies Victims These words have always given us chills, whether encountered in novels, movies or in news But have we ever thought about the motive behind these brutal killings by the serial killers The answer is that they have absolutely no real motive It s just the urge that drives them to kill And that makes this latest novel by Piyush Jha, Raakshas , an epitome of a thriller a story that not only talks about the deeds of the infamous Mundi Cut killer of M Serial killers Murders Dead bodies Victims These words have always given us chills, whether encountered in novels, movies or in news But have we ever thought about the motive behind these brutal killings by the serial killers The answer is that they have absolutely no real motive It s just the urge that drives them to kill And that makes this latest novel by Piyush Jha, Raakshas , an epitome of a thriller a story that not only talks about the deeds of the infamous Mundi Cut killer of Mumbai, the protagonist of the story, but also the reasons which made him a serial killer.The book begins by the line He became a killer the minute he was born His mother died in childbirth And then the story begins in fast pace, revolving around the life of this killer and what drove him to this behavior The Mundi Cut killer, as fearfully known in Mumbai, spreads terror in the city, as he skillfully catches many women into his trap and murders them cruelly But why did he do that Why did he murder only women What makes the storyinteresting is the entry of a bold and determined police woman, Maithili Prasad, the Additional Commissioner of Police, Mumbai She is determined to conquer the Mundi Cut killer and begin the greatest man hunt in the history of Mumbai But will she float above her grave history as a teenager and free Mumbai from his reigns of terror The serial killer is determined to prove himself the No 1 serial killer of India, while Maithili is determined to capture this killer, no matter what But there has to be only one winner in such a race Who will be the one The story is fast paced, not once slowing down I liked the language used, the descriptions of murders gives goosebumps My favorite character is Maithili, the determination with which she tries all the ways to catch the serial killer, leaving her personal safety behind, is inspiring I specially loved the afterword by the author where he has explained the research on the behavior of serial killers The novel is a must read for thriller lovers Raakshas promises a dangerous and thrilling story and it sure keeps up to the promise


  8. Gayathri Gayathri says:

    I received the book for an honest review from the publishers.The novel alternates between the stories of the main characters starting at the births and constantly reminds us of how coincidence destiny can make a person a police officer while the other a killer on the run Both the characters have met death and have been responsible for deaths, before their adulthood They have an extremely contrasting family brought up and thus arising the question if that had anything to do with the killer s I received the book for an honest review from the publishers.The novel alternates between the stories of the main characters starting at the births and constantly reminds us of how coincidence destiny can make a person a police officer while the other a killer on the run Both the characters have met death and have been responsible for deaths, before their adulthood They have an extremely contrasting family brought up and thus arising the question if that had anything to do with the killer s actions I finished the book in a single sitting, thanks to the long train journey to Bengaluru and the fast pace of the book The writing was crisp and an easy read, yet I was unable to reach out to any of the characters Even after all the tragedy that killer has gone through I could not feel bad for him, and much lesser for the ACP In fact, after a point my mind lost the ability to react to the innumerable murders, however gruesome they were I would have felt happy if only there wereactions from the police to catch the serial killer, at least as such as the media seemed to be contributing I always get excited for a serial killer fictional, obviously and this book promised to show me the psychology behind their action Thanks to shows like Dexter and Hannibal Lecter which have showed us a glimpse of the persons that the killers are, my hopes were too high and I wasthan curious to read about the psychology of the killer from the book but was left to be satisfied with the appendix Oh I loved the other part of the appendix which had a brief about the lesser known serial killers from India Though it might be due to the soon to be a motion picture tag on the cover, that I read the whole book like it was a movie, rather than a novel and I felt there were traces of the yesteryear s movie called Sivapu rojakal Red Rose, Hindi in the story line.If you want to read about a Indian serial killer, this might be a sure catch up


  9. Rakhi Jayashankar Rakhi Jayashankar says:

    A cold blooded, savage murderer with a woeful past and a righteous police officer who treads upon the heels of the culprit The plot is quite familiar through books as well as movies Yet author succeeded in maintaining the novelty of the topic through a different narrative style Initially the narration seems like a switch between third person and first person but later while drawn into the grotesque plot, the reader discerns that the story is in fact the first person narration of the police of A cold blooded, savage murderer with a woeful past and a righteous police officer who treads upon the heels of the culprit The plot is quite familiar through books as well as movies Yet author succeeded in maintaining the novelty of the topic through a different narrative style Initially the narration seems like a switch between third person and first person but later while drawn into the grotesque plot, the reader discerns that the story is in fact the first person narration of the police officer in charge of the investigation.The story starts with the childhood of the serial killer Yet, the suspense element has been maintained till the end The climax wasor less predictable but there is a swiftness in narration that let you go on with the story till the end Author seemed to lose the grip of the story time and again but manages to smoothly land into place Needless to say that the author is a born writer His book is a born movie material Each instance of the story was evidently and apparently written with a movie scene in mind I could visualize Siddharth Malhothra or Arjun Kapoor running around as the serial killer and Priyanka Chopra or Ranu Mukherjee as the Police officer Overall the book is an easy read with good language but the plot lacked novelty.As a footnote I would like to mention the list of least known serial killers in the end The list and the method of their murder was priceless information especially in today s scenario It is a message for the human race to look out for the wolves in lamb s disguise It earned a half star.Reviewed for WritersMelon Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own


  10. Digant Digant says:

    There is something insanely enchanting about serial killers and the story surrounding them Organized crime with a motive has always been thrilling, but when there is a lack of motive and only a DRIVE that urges one to kill, it becomes evenfascinating.Piyush Jha s latest offering Raakshas is one such novel Describing the parallel lives of a serial killer and an investigating officer, this novel is racy, thrilling and keeps you hooked till the end.Piyush Jha s unconventional writing styl There is something insanely enchanting about serial killers and the story surrounding them Organized crime with a motive has always been thrilling, but when there is a lack of motive and only a DRIVE that urges one to kill, it becomes evenfascinating.Piyush Jha s latest offering Raakshas is one such novel Describing the parallel lives of a serial killer and an investigating officer, this novel is racy, thrilling and keeps you hooked till the end.Piyush Jha s unconventional writing style makes a lot of difference Most of the passages and portions are in indirect speech, with less dialogues This reduces the intensity at times but creates a rather eerie atmosphere at times.The killings are described vividly and in the most gruesome way possible But Piyush does that with conviction There is a finesse and subtlety even in that The weak hearted might find the killing descriptions nauseating, but then what did you expect in a novel based on a serial killer OVERALL, RAAKSHAS delivers as promised A taut, gripping, on the edge thriller about a serial killer, this one keeps you engaged till the last page Considering the fact that a film is being made on the book, it would be highly interesting to see the plot of the book transformed into a cinematic picture.Recommended for people who love thrillers


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