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Book Review: The Ten Commandments of Evil by Vignesh Sivasankar

The Ten Commandments of Evil by Vignesh Sivasankar is a page-turning horror fiction that grabs attention as soon as you get started with the first story and it keep engrossed till you finished with the last story. I have read many horror books by Indian authors and watched a few web series but nothing like this. Surprisingly, this is the first book by the author and he blew my mind with detailed stories in simple and lucid narration. His way of presenting and twisting stories is not only impressive but also imaginative with a tinge of dark fantasy.

The book offers 10 stories that are about evil's version. The author says right at the beginning that being in a marketing field, he traveled a lot, thus, he got a chance to know all these stories from the people who were part of that. Nearly all the stories are intense and terrific. The first story is about that Bengali couple who are blessed by twins during pregnancy but little did they know that it brought demonic curse to them. The story of Rickshaw Shekhar is quite scary involving many murders and heavy bloodshed. In the second story, a teenage girl can smell the stench of dying souls. Can she save herself?

In fourth story "The Guest", a serial killer walks into a posh apartment to wipe out the whole family but irony of fate plays its role. He was killed by dead. Amazing twist that too subtly!

Nearly in all stories, first crime takes place which is done in such a way that it does not forget to draw attention. Horror and supernatural aspects lurk in the backdrop but the stories have their own share of episodic crimes and investigation. As each story chugs ahead, it gets complicated, inextricable, and messy. Leaving no option, one has to read thoroughly. I enjoyed this book beyond its extent because I am fan of horror series on Netflix.

The book is an absolute page turner. In every story, I was guessing a lot but in the end it convinces me with a proper ending. The author brilliantly managed to keep the suspense alive in all stories, great thing is that no stories looked repeated. Vignesh describes every small and big scene in a comprehensive manner. The storytelling is addictive. Language is highly effective yet simple so even first-time readers can also enjoy this book. With 10 stories at its front, the book has got so many characters, it was hard to keep track of all of them, but the overall reading experience was worth everything. Without any dull moment, the book is interesting and intriguing.

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