Book Review – Hungry Gods by Richa Lakhera




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Book: Hungry Gods

Publisher:  Rupa Publications India

About The Author:

Hungry Gods is Richa Lakhera’s third novel, she has previously written Item Girl, a crime novel and Garbage Beat, a satire on the Indian entertainment industry. A libertarian addicted to absurdism, she works as Deputy Editor at NDTV. She has a Master’s in Organic Chemistry and Biotechnology and is the recipient of the Indian Council for UN Relations (ICUNR) Award for Excellence in Journalism. Richa divides her time between New Delhi and Mumbai and is currently working on her next crime fiction novel.

Blurb Of The Book:

Beaten and brutally raped, her body is never found. However, the killers make one mistake. They leave a witness, a witness who has nothing to live for except revenge. And when he crosses the boundaries of time to make the guilty pay, a whole lot of dark characters come to light. There is Valentine, the superstar brand ambassador who sells anything for a price; there is Medici, a pharmaceutical company fraudulently manufacturing banned drugs; there is the perverted and sinister minded Dr. Ranga and there is Este, the prostitute whose dark secret will blow up a daughter’s sanity. So, is there another murder waiting to happen? Will Police Inspector Dorab Silva be able to connect the clues to prevent another crime? Will these gods of greed be exposed? And yes, you will be surprised by who you will find there, finally. Deeply unsettling, Hungry Gods takes a hard look at greed for wealth and power.




The cover of the book is very interesting perfectly match with the title that will urge you to purchase the book and read it. The plot of the book is very bold and appealing that will make you hooked to the book until you complete it. It was for the first time I enjoyed reading a crime thriller. I finished this book at one go as I could not stop myself to keep the book aside till I complete it. Every character of the book was interesting to read whether Dr. Ranga a pervert or Valentine or Silva. The language of the book was crisp and easy to understand. Revenge, sex cruelty these were the emotions depicted in the book which were a very enjoyable read. The book was not vulgar but a beautiful concept to read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book because of the wonderful concept. The climax was top of the world which was hard to swallow where every suspense was revealed slowly. Every character had a dark side but as a reader, you will enjoy reading every character. Richa Lakhera had written a wonderful crime thriller and I will recommend everyone to read this.

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☆☆☆☆ A gripping crime thriller that will keep you hooked with the book till you finish it. A must-read book for those who love to read crime thrillers.

The review first appeared in Storizen Magazine January 2019 Issue.