Book Review: Compass Box Killer by Piyush Jha

10 years ago Shaili Desai 6

Probably this was the wrong time to start this book. I shouldn’t probably have started Compass Box Killer by Piyush Jha right after finishing ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ by J K Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith. The book’s in the same genre of crime fiction but they are both so different.


If it were to be made into a movie, Compass Box Killer would be your masaledar (spicy, for lack of a better word) Bollywood film with somebody like Abhishek Bacchan playing Virkar and Priyanka Chopra as Raashi. Why ?  Because it has all the ingredients of a box office hit. It has a story line with stereotypical characters. It is a whoddunit with some action, a smart talking main character, a good looking female and an unknown villain who is a serial killer. There is politics, love, sex, betrayal and some smart thinking on the part of the hero.

The book does has a predictable story line and I was left wondering what Virkar actually looks like as the only words used by Virkar by the author are that he has an unconventionally handsome face. The other things about his appearance are left to the reader’s imagination. There could have been more detailing done by the author.

This book for those not heavily interested in reading and are just looking for a way to pass time because it is the perfect book to read in a train or the metro. It is fast and does hold your attention. Read it if you are in the mood for a fast and light read as it is a good de-stresser after a hectic day.

Note: A copy of this book was provided for honest review by Rupa Publications.