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Book Review: Cold Blooded Love by Girish Dutt Shukla

Cold Blooded Love by Girish Dutt Shukla is a riveting psychological thriller novel. Set against two bustling cities, Mumbai and Delhi, the story is told in an alternative narrative. Ms Ziva Wadhwa is the lead character that sways the scaffold of the story through her breathtaking conclusions, dark life secrets, expertise in designing, and her pursuit for a perfect happy family.

As the novel kick starts, she is shifted to Delhi from Mumbai. As per the narration, she is separated from her husband Om and often connects on call with her best friend Osheen, who lives in Mumbai. In Delhi, a young couple shifts in her neighborhood. She can see them from one corner of her house – a window. They are Ovya and Aadit.

One part of the narrative shows us the dark disturbing life of Ziva with her husband Om, mostly in Mumbai. That narrative isn’t page filler, it takes you to the other side of dark psychics about betrayal in relationship and friendship. In the current time, she is aloof and alone in Delhi. But she is looking forward to have the company of the new couple. But as she notices that they quarrel often, she smells something is missing in their home. Anyway, in any psychological thriller much part of the book is given to observation, taking a sneak peek into others life, and Ziva does that here like a detective.

The storyline steers in a different direction when she receives notes about Aadit – stating dangerous traits about him. Before she could understand any relevance of the notes, Saachi is murdered in their home; Ovya goes missing, and Aadit’s heart breaks beyond condolences. How could such tragedies happen in one night, and that too so fast. Something sinister is at play? But who is going to investigate all? Will Ziva cross her doors to look into the matter? Or is it Aadit that is going to be interrogated by the police? Is the missing Ovya the murderer? But you must also find out what connection does Saachi have with Ovya and Aadit?

Post this night, the gears of the narration shifts. The novel no more remains a simple read. As the story chugs ahead one is sure to be confounded by the dark secrets that reveal inevitably. Who is the murderer? And why…what motive? Is it revenge or just an illusion in the mind?

Gripping! Unputdownable! This is a terrific work in a psychological crime thriller novel. Cold Blooded Love is an intricately woven tale highlighting the complexities of relationships. The story is built on solid hinges of narration and excellent prose. The major twist in the novel is its ending…the shock was unexpected. It thrilled beyond a sense of satisfaction. Highly recommended!

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