‘Brutal’ by Uday Satpathy – Book Review

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Title : Brutal
Author : Uday Satpathy
Pages : 340
Publisher : Westland Publishers
Genre : Thriller Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4.5/5
Plot/Story : 4.5/5
Characterization : 4.5/5
Writing Style & Narration : 4.5/5
Presentation :
Overall :


‘You are in real, real danger’ – a school teacher gets a creepy warning in his mailbox. Seven days later, he massacres eleven of his own students. Two months later, he is gunned down in broad daylight by an obscure militant outfit.

Justice served. The nation pacified. Case closed –– the police say. But, two crime reporters think otherwise.

Seeking redemption through this case are Prakash and Seema, ace journalists in their professional lives, but broken individuals in the darkness of their personal hells. As they dig deeper into the mystery, they are led into the ominous forests of Bandhavgarh where an eerily similar massacre had occurred eight years ago.

They never see it coming what hits them next.

One by one their leads start turning up in body bags and they are chased by assassins at every corner. Soon they would realize that they are pitted against evil powers pervading the business and political dna of the country, with an unbelievably sinister agenda.

Always one step ahead of them, there is no place to hide for the two journalists. The only way is to fight back. But, to do that, Prakash and Seema will first have to survive.


Unique method always pulls out something unique. Brutal came up in the market through a unique platform named ‘Bloody Good Books’ and this thriller actually stands apart in the same category. I mean I am a great fan of thriller genre and anything ordinary doesn’t suits my taste but this particular book hooked me till the very end and I can say to the debutant that well done bro. You deserve a bow.

Brutal opens up with a court hearing of a teacher who brutally killed 11 children in school premises. On the day of court hearing that teacher was shot dead by a well-trained sniper. Two of the reporters starts investigating the case and digs out something really big but while digging up they themselves got stuck in the pit.

The scope of this book is too big to be handled but the author succeeded in the same with flying colors. There were too many important characters to describe and the way it has been written is actually commendable. Author made them look believable. There was no exaggeration in the characterization. Everyone had a past that shaped their nature and that was something which makes you feel the character. There were so many side stories but the author managed to tie every loose end till the climax part.

The book is written in a manner that it keeps you hooked and thrilled throughout. So I would like to advice you that do not start reading the book if you are not having your next couple of hours free. You’ll regret leaving the book before finishing it up.


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