Verdict: ☆☆☆☆ A creepy, spine-chilling, Frightening murder mystery. All those enthusiast who loves reading a well-written suspense thriller can go and grab their copies.
About The Author: Akber Ayub is a former entrepreneur, ex-marine engineer, book author, and a travel & feature writer for dailies and travel magazines. Heeding an inner call he wound up his engineering profession to pursue a writing career. Coffee-table travel books, corporate magazines and articles for niche publications followed, along with newspaper editorials. He is a contributor to one of Jack Canfield’s ‘chicken soup for the soul’ series of books.
About The book: A CHILLING STORY OF MURDER AND DECEIT...THAT PLUMBS THE DEPTHS OF A DERANGED MIND, YET UNCOVERS THE POWER OF HEART AND SPIRIT. In deepening dusk, a breakdown on the outskirts of sleepy Sultan's Bathery leaves Joseph stranded on a lonely Kerala highway. Following a chance encounter, Joseph accepts an offer from Philipose, the lone occupant of Malabar Mansion, to spend the night. In a macabre turn of events Joseph is attacked at night, but escapes unhurt, then runs into an ageing vagrant and learns that his benefactor is a raging psychopath. A bunch of college boys joins up and enter the eerie mansion as an angry storm rage outside. There're mayhem and murder as they run into the psychopath in a fiendish encounter. One youngster is attacked and found missing. Has he been pitched into the well? Philipose is promptly arrested. After six months of rehabilitation, he stands trial...And is acquitted under the Indian Penal Code. Joseph, with an altruistic streak, involves himself in the psychopath's ensuing rehabilitation. That's when a poignant old link emerges. Meanwhile, the ex-psychopath reveals that he hadn't killed the missing boy! Swiftly, Joseph and the boys become prime suspects. When the investigation reveals astounding secrets, Joseph arranges a rendezvous with the boys at the mansion. In a terrifying encounter on a dark, windy night, destiny intervenes in a most unlikely manner on the cusp of yet another vicious strike. Clearly driven by a murderous obsession, and shrouded in chilling deception, which is behind these gruesome attacks?
Review: First of all the cover and the title of the book matched with the concept of the story that is quite terrifying and frightening. The blurb is so accurate that it conveys everything about the concept of the story. The prologue of the book is very lengthy, but it gives you a complete feel of the book, and you are totally hooked till the end. As a reader, I found the narration of the book quite expressive which itself made it an interesting read. The characterization of the book was wonderful as well, whether a psychopath ‘Philips’ or the character ‘Joseph’. I liked the way Joseph had handled the situation cleverly. As the book progresses, the sudden twists and turns in the book drive you deeper and deeper into the book. The epilogue is also well-written, and the book ends efficiently. As a reviewer, I enjoyed reading the book. A good and worthy purchase for anyone who loves to read a well-written murder mystery.