Author: Vish Dhamija
Publisher: Harper Black
Published: 25 October, 2019
DCP Rita Ferreira is called into the investigation after a third corpse is discovered in Mumbai, which confirms it is the work of the same killer who paints his victims’ lips with dark red lipstick. The Lipstick Killer, like all serial killers, is fast decompensating – the time interval between the murders shortening, the victims shifting from street-side hookers to high-heeled wives … And he watches everything and everyone – the news of his exploits, Rita, the investigation – and talks. However, he only talks to you: ‘When I’m gone, some people may tell you that I was evil, perhaps even call me a psychopath. Don’t believe them. I am not. I am anything but irrational and impractical; perhaps only slightly more detached than your average guy on the street.’
Books like these open our eyes to how twisted human minds can be. Being evil is not always taught, it just creeps in the psyche and grapples the victim. Dhamija has very vividly described this in his book.
Dhamija has been very meticulous even with the police proceedings, how tricky and lengthy they can be.
He didn’t try to mellow down or go overboard with the storyline. He hit the grave reality to the T. There are scenes that can be very disturbing but that’s where his deftness in writing lies.
The cat and mouse chase will keep you at an edge through every page.
My Rating: 4/5 🌟
P.S. I had received a review copy in exchange of an honest review. Thank you Writers Melon and Harper Collins India.