Curse of The Red Soil… by Durgesh Shastri – Book Review

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Title : Curse of The Red Soil
Author : Durgesh Shastri
Pages : 236
Publisher : Red Ink Publication
Genre : Thriller/ Suspense

Rating :

Cover : 4.5/5
Story : 3.5/5
Characterization : 3/5
Writing Style & Narration : 4/5
Presentation :
Overall :


History bears testimony to the fact that the jet black Bidriware statues have mesmerized people from all around the world. Aaradhya, an engineering graduate, finds herself in the middle of a deadly mental storm when she realizes that a Bidriware statue has turned into a nightmare for her and is giving her sleepless nights. She begins her quest to unravel the truth and undertakes a journey full of thrill, deceit and betrayal. Things take a dramatic turn when she discovers that her mission has turned suicidal and could ruin her future and destroy her family. The situations take her through a roller coaster ride through several monuments like the Bidar Fort, Jharni Narsimha, the Gurudwara and the Charminar area of Hyderabad to name a few. The answer to her questions lies in a secret hidden by her father…A secret that can shatter several lives and curse those who commit crimes in the city of the Red Soil. Read ‘Curse of the Red Soil’ to experience a blend of suspense, thrill, love, history and mystery all at once!


There are many historical places in India, having lots of stories that could blow your mind off but unfortunately we haven’t heard about them both, cities and the stories as well. One of such city is Bidar, having great history to be told but still hiding somewhere in the sands of time. Well, don’t take me wrong, this book is not a historical saga of Bidar but do talks about it in segments.

First of all, I would like to congratulate the author over his brilliant debut. I have read his earlier book ’12 strokes of life’ too (Was a short story collection) and because of which my expectation from the author were really high. The brilliant and innovative book cover design created eagerness with me and finally the title of the book; everything was perfect.

Coming to the plot. Aaradhya returns back to her home after her engineering and soon finds herself in the dilemma because of the missing maid. Every finger is getting raised against her father. Whom to believe, whom to doubt is the ultimate question that is creating a mental trauma for her. In the quest her friends join in too but they never had any idea that the deeper they will dig, the deeper will it go. Suspense keeps on building and the answer lies with only one person, the accused one, Aaradhya’s father.

The first impression of the book is pretty different from the overall storyline. It’s not a historical thriller as it seems to be. The story is more over a murder mystery with little elements of historical statues.

Coming to the positives of the book; these are brilliant writing style of the author, unpredictable, suspense lasts till the very end, cover design is awesome and the story itself is having elements of a good thriller.

And the points that proved to be negative for the book in my opinion were slow start, too much of detailing of Bidar, dull dialogues (Some of them, some were exceptional too) and sudden revelation of everything at the when reader expect to read more was disappointing.

Although the book stands tall against many other of the same genre and that’s wholly because of the unique storyline and brilliant writing style of the author. This book will not disappoint as a whole.

Go for it if you are a thriller fan. I may wait for Durgesh Shastri’s next.


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