Natasha Mehra Must Die – Book Review

  • Author: Anand Sivakumaran
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing (1 December 2018)
  • Language: English

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A 14-year-old girl is butchered in a high school shooting.
A 72-year-old woman is throttled at home.
A 7-year-old child is crushed into the concrete by a trash dumper.
The only thing common between all of them: Their name.
Someone is slaughtering every woman, girl, and child named Natasha Mehra . . .
Which is what Natasha Mehra, the most unpopular girl on campus, discovers. Though she’s always hated her name, she would’ve never imagined that it would be the reason she would be on the run from a gruesome death.
But these murders aren’t random acts of madness. Rather, they are part of a conspiracy hatched by the Kul, an all-powerful secret organization with tentacles everywhere. And the success or failure of this 2000-year-old mission will determine the future of humankind.

My Review

What seemed to be a typical glitzy tale of Bollywood turned out to be a gripping thriller clutched in the tentacles of a giant conspiracy to stop the end of ….. World!

Our protagonist Natasha hates her name but would have never imagined it being her nemesis. It is this Natasha Mehra, the name, that is responsible for so many corpses stacking one against the other all over the world. And why so? The answer lies here in Natasha Mehra Must Die. The action-packed story starts off with full force. Actually, the story didn’t captivate me initially, but a very energetic narration which swept me off my feet. I find it in books rarely and I am glad that this book lifted my spirits. The story proceeds with another character Appu coming into the picture who is a serial killer. It was bewildering to read through her demonic ways of laying people to rest for eternity. Through the tumultuous ways of life and terrifying revelations, the pace of the book skyrockets and we feel the adrenaline rush within us. The two women meet, the assassin and the prey, and together they embark on a journey to defend all the Natashas. What took me off-guard was the climax which unveiled the mystery behind the highest power interested in wiping out all the Natasha Mehras from the world.

It was absolutely a fantastic ride with this book which had a perfect blend of language and narration. No wonder it was a page-turner for me. A short book of around 200 pages had all the dark shades mixed with blood, flesh, and gore and my heart was pumping at the scene of monstrosity spread in the pages. There is the character of Natasha which won my adulation and there was Appu’s which stunned me. Together, their camaraderie brought failure to Kul’s master plan. And the most striking feature is the suspense which uncovers on the last page – the real face of the wanted Natasha Mehra! What an amazing development of the book along with jaw-dropping thriller… Wow!

I am definitely recommending it to any thriller reader. 

MY RATING: 4.5/ 5


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