LIPSTICK BY VISH DHAMIJA- REVIEW #BOOK2


Serial Killer stories are not one of its kind but every time authors manage to get a different angle to the same. Vish Dhamija has tried to make it possible with consummate finesse.

The plot takes off with twin murders. Murders of two sex workers. Primarily it looks like someone is on the loose in search of hookers to take revenge on them.

The plot is dominated with the blood and gore and how perverted the perpetrator's mind has been. Rita Ferreira is introduced to yet another serial killer, a cleverer and preverted one this time. The more savage the crime is the cleverer the culprit gets. He leaves nothing behind, no fingerprints, no foorprints, no bodyfluids and not even a single strand of hair. Rita is associated with Harry, a smart rookie who never fails to include a Hindi idiom translated in English in the funniest manner possible. Rita is in a "part-time" relationship with Ash Mittel. While she is trying to decode the death of the hookers, the next slaughter of a respectable house wife turns the table for the investigative team. While trying to find the connection between the women they zero in on Ranbeer who has supplied systems to these women.

Once Ranbeer gets arrested, the whole scenario changes. Further what happens is the crux of the book.

The characters are idetified by their idiosycrasies rather than their personality, barring Rita and Ash. The character of Ash is close to reality. How an ordinary person deals with long distance relationship is portrayed honestly through Ash. Coming to the antagonist, I would say the timing was right because we, in Kerala, just got enlightened with the news of a woman who led a normal respectful life but was a serial killer. The antagonist in the movie is the male counterpart of this real life woman but since the book was written before that it should me surmised that the author has a gift of god. The murders are all gruesome which shows the insanity of the culprit but the fact that he has a reapectable life, shows his ability to hide his ogre head. Other characters are all supporting the plot. Notwithstading the importance in the plot, they are not given much space to develop.

The narration style is impeccable. It's mid way through a vernacular and literary style hence it targets hardcore readers as well a beginners. The parallel story line which depicts the backstory of the anatagonist is similar to that of his previous book.

The climax is impeccable and unprecedented. When the readers are on the edge of the seat and just about to know who is who, the unexpected and unprecedented twists drops them on the seat wondering what is happening. It makes the book all the more unique. The second half is stretched to no end resulting in the readers losing interest after a point but later the pace is revamped.
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The round up of the book would be that it is a book for mystery thriller lovers who like to see physcotic killers with gruesome murders.

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