- Publisher: Notion Press (19 May 2021)
- Language: English
- Print length: 281 pages
Murdrum by Dr Sohil Makwana is a dark mystery thriller set around decapitated heads and a sexual sadist killer. It is a story that leaves you shaken with nasty details and makes you, probably, throw up visualising it inside your head. Yes, it is a gripping tale, full of gory incidents, but if you are in the right headspace to handle it, you’ll most probably end up liking it.
Pageturner at 298 pages, Murdrum is about a detective intern, Komal, who helps CBI to uncover a brutal murder. Actually, a series of murders, done in a similar pattern, of similar victims. Full-term pregnant women. Komal is thoroughly invested in the case as she connects it with her past struggles. Parallelly, we come across a young boy’s heartbreaking tale set in the past. As the book moves back and forth in the two timelines, we discover some fascinating facts about forensic science besides learning about how experiences can shape one’s actions and identities.
Murdrum is a well-researched novel and coming from a debut author, fairs pretty well in terms of unique storyline and engaging writing style. I personally enjoy thrillers, a lot, and while reading them, I am pretty serious about discovering the culprits before the book unfolds it for me. And while I was trying to get to my answer in Murdrum, it ended with a cliffhanger. Yes, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series because I genuinely want to know the face behind an extremely insensitive murderer.
The author has done a good job of building a wonderful narrative that keeps one at the edge. However, I’d have had a slightly higher opinion of the book if there were fewer cuss words (I can’t stand the misogynistic derogatory terms!) and better editing. In a nutshell, Murdrum is a well-written tale of gory murders and the psyche that goes behind executing them.
Star Rating: 3/ 5