Bhendi Bazaar By Vish Dhamija – Book Review


Title : Bhendi Bazaar
Author : Vish Dhamija
Pages : 363
Publisher : Rumour Book India
Genre : Crime Thriller Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4/5
Blurb : 4.5/5
Plot : 4/5
Story-line : 4/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Writing Style : 5/5
Presentation : 5/5
Overall : 4.5/5

Overview :

1982. Three teenage girls planning a flight from the Soviet Union to the West end up being sold in Mumbai’s red-light area instead. The murders start a quarter of a century later. The victims are all men. All of them tricks, waiting for trysts with high-class escorts. DCP Rita Ferreira is quick to recognize the serial-killer strain; the media isn’t far behind. The news sends shock-waves through the city. The first serial killer in living memory of Mumbai is out on the streets. As Rita grapples to establish the killer’s pattern through Bhendi Bazaar, the killer gives her 24 hours to stop the next murder. Can she do that before she becomes the next victim?

Beauty :

  • Writing Style.
  • Thrilling plot.
  • Stunning Climax.
  • Characterization of Protagonist.

Beast :

  • None.

Review :

What do you expect from a perfect crime thriller novel? It should be stunning regarding twist and turns, it should be nail biting regarding the suspense involved and it should be gripping throughout. Well, if you are searching an Indian Author who can deliver all what you demand in this particular genre, try Vish Dhamija’s Bhendi Bazaar.

The cover and the blurb of the book will make you pick up the book from the bookstore for sure and you’ll surely never regret your decision. The story of the novel is divided in two sections. The first one is about three teenage girls planning a flight from the Soviet Union to the West end up being sold in Mumbai’s red-light area instead. This part of the story is set in the year 1982. The other part starts with the second chapter itself, it is set in the year 2007 and is about some strange murders that are being investigated by the protagonist Rita Ferreira. Both the stories are entangled throughout the novel very beautifully, it never confuses or breaks the flow of the reader. Author, very cleverly merges both the stories in the end with a stunning climax. The life of the protagonist is written in detail and it creates a bond of the reader with Rita.

Vish Dhamija’s writing style and detailed research over the topic gives the novel a perfect edge over other authors in the same genre. I loved the tag line written over the cover which says, ‘Vish Dhamija- The crime writer other crime writers are talking about.’ Once you finish the book, you’ll surely understand why this line was written.

Either you love this genre or not, I’ll surely recommend this book to all. I am eagerly waiting for his next novel which is scheduled to get released in the end of this year or in early next year.


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