📕 : Death Served Cold
✍️ : Sourabh Mukherjee
📑 : 215
🔖 : #crimefiction
⭐ : 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
🗡️ In our society, we usually see women as motherly, feminine characters, but this book changes that view completely with real-life stories of dangerous women who end lives without battling an eyelid and show no remorse for their ruthless killings!
🗡️ This book is a spine-chilling anthology of 7 crime stories, that have been carefully selected and retold while retaining certain details as such. The common thread in these takes is that all the ghastly crimes have been committed by women and the catch here is that these aren’t extraordinary women, but just like the simple, nice lady next door! Each story becomes murkier than the previous and the reasons for their killing is sometimes for greed, at times for money, and also blind love!🗡️ In one story, a woman persuades her lover to kill her husband and wishes to hear his last bloodcurdling cries! In the next, a fallible teen kills her family for the sake of her love for an older tutor. In one story, a jealous finance kills his girlfriend’s lover and in another, a lawyer kills her husband who is also a lawyer. The famous Koodathayi murder case is also narrated in this book. I’ve read a lot about that case as it took place in my native Kerala, but the author’s take has some more insightful inputs!
🗡️ “The idea that a woman can kill, not just with a smile, but also with a knife is sometimes beyond our imagination.” The author has written this book as an interaction between a crime columnist and an eminent psychologist. When the columnist Dev gets the Femme Fatale Files from Dibakar, he is engrossed in each crime as us! I was utterly shocked reading few stories (I already knew two stories in this book) and couldn’t digest that these have happened for real. That women are capable of doing this, that we are living in such a cruel world!
🗡️ I loved that the author has provided references at the end which gives us an opportunity to know more about the chilling cases. If you’re looking for a crisp hair-raising read, then definitely go for this book!