The Deadly Dozen: India’s Most Notorious Serial Killers – Anirban Bhattacharya

What a human can do to another fellow human is shocking. This book has left me speechless. How can a person do the most dangerous things to another person and then feel nothing about it? This book contains details about twelve notorious serial killers in India. It is indeed bone-chilling to read this book. Described as An extremely gritty, taut, and suspenseful thriller on the cover by John Abraham, I was very excited to read this one. Little did I know that this one would give me sleepless nights? I just cannot come out of the book yet.

Lately, having heard a lot about depression and death, this book just proved yet again that human beings are complex. You never know when something would snap from within and you become altogether a different person. The twelve murderers described in this book are all normal people just like us. They are someone’s husband, son, temple/church-going people. But each has a background story. Mostly a bad childhood makes them snap and forces them to choose the wrong path. This again insists on the importance of proper childhood. Another main reason is poverty. But that does not justify even the teensiest bit of what these twelve murderers did to all those innocent people.

This book contains the detailed background history of each serial killer, their mindset on killing, and their ways of killing and finally how they get caught, and in some cases, they don’t get caught. I did read a couple of scary thrillers this year but this one is on top of the list. Mainly because there are no supernatural powers involved here. It’s just the human mind and its enormous capacity to do these atrocious things is mind-boggling and scary. Anirban Bhattacharya’s writing is lucid and the subject itself is so gripping that your attention will never waiver. I would rate it 4/5. Thanks, Writer Club India yet again for the amazing book recommendation.

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