Brutal – Uday Saypathy

(Reviewed by Ishita RC)

Exceptional

A warning mail ends up in the junk box of a school teacher and seven days later, he goes on a killing spree, murdering eleven of his students. Two months later, he is gunned down in broad daylight by an obscure militant outfit. Justice served. Case closed.

Seeking redemption for their own private hell, two ace reporters Prakash and Seema are unraveling a ball of thread from two different ends, both stirring a hornet’s nest that just may put their own lives at risk.

First, I must credit the author – his brilliantly crafted plot that maintains the suspense and play of action till the very end. Every element of the book has been captured and used completely to its very essence. The strength of the lead characters plays well with the plot line and adds a greater depth to it. There is no dramatisation indulged in, irrespective of whether it is the plot or the characters. The book manages to capture attention and keeps one engrossed till the very end.

The title and the cover image lives up to the name and theme of the plot and complements each other well with and the elements employed in the book.

Brutal is a fabulous and fortunate find that I am definitely recommending further on.

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