The Madras Mangler

The Madras Mangler Five pretty girls from around the country enjoying college life in Chennai chasing their own dreams Until a psychopath comes to town killing girls and dumping their bodies in the rivers The killer

  • Title: The Madras Mangler
  • Author: Usha Narayanan
  • ISBN: 9789382473640
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • Five pretty girls from around the country, enjoying college life in Chennai, chasing their own dreams Until a psychopath comes to town, killing girls and dumping their bodies in the rivers The killer is smart, dangerous and very angry Just like Vir Pradyumna, ace criminologist from New York, who is fighting his own demons from the past Ruthless politicians, bumbling coFive pretty girls from around the country, enjoying college life in Chennai, chasing their own dreams Until a psychopath comes to town, killing girls and dumping their bodies in the rivers The killer is smart, dangerous and very angry Just like Vir Pradyumna, ace criminologist from New York, who is fighting his own demons from the past Ruthless politicians, bumbling cops, beer barons and cyber criminals run amuck The killer snatches a girl whom Vir has sworn to protect A Hollywood action crew and the crowds at the India Australia cricket one dayer get sucked into the relentless buildup to a nail biting climax Will Vir be in time to stop the maniac and save the girl

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    1. I enjoyed reading this book which has five pretty girls, all with different problems and hang-ups who study at a college in Chennai. Add a mean serial killer who kills girls and dumps them into the coovum river , a few gundas and college rowdies , a bumbling police officer and a delicious criminologist, and you have the recipe to counter boredom. The Madras Mangler is all the more closer to my heart as it is set in a city has been home to me for so many years. I liked the references to the local [...]

    2. In November 2013, while I was whimpering about my inability to achieve my reading target for the year, I wanted to help myself cope with the challenge by meeting a few like-minded folks at the Chennai Book Club meet, whom I thought would be a great source of inspiration. As we discussed this and that in the book club meet, an unassuming lady, whom I assumed to be an enthusiastic reader, politely revealed that she had authored a book called ‘The Madras Mangler’, a compelling thriller and she [...]

    3. njkinny/2014/06/blWhen I heard about The Madras Mangler, I was very intrigued. The title is catchy and new. The cover is appealing and instantly made me feel thrilled and anticipatory of a consuming criminal mystery. The blurb is intriguing and catches the interest of the reader at first glance. A metropolitan city with beautiful beaches, a hot and humid climate that can test your endurance levels and with people who value their families and their culture, Usha brings to us a thrilling tale of a [...]

    4. This is a classic ‘whodunit’ tale, based in madras aka chennai. Five young girls, are enjoying their college life but not for long.Madras Mangler is a gripping thriller with a serial killer out on the streets, dumping bodies of young college girls in the adayar river. Who will he target next? That’s the scary question that looms large over everybody’s mind?Kat aka Kathyayini, one of the five girls, is a do-gooder who doesn’t think twice before confronting the college rogue Jambu and hi [...]

    5. Whodunits are always great reads, especially if the author keeps the reader guessing till the very end. The Madras Mangler by Usha Narayanan is a delightful read as she throws a few clues here and there, and yet manages to keep the suspense going.The story centers around the lives of five friends (Kat, Minx, Lolita, Moti and Deepika) at a college in Chennai. They all come from varied background and have a story to tell or to conceal. Life at college for these girls is made miserable by some outr [...]

    6. Review of ‘The Madras Mangler’ Usha Narayanan has given us a fast paced thriller in ‘The Madras Mangler’. In true whodunit style you only get your answers in the last few pages. Kat, Moti, Lolita and Minx are four close friends studying at SS Padmaja College. Each of them come from very different backgrounds but in college they find kindred spirits in each other and giggle, chat, live, laugh and support each other. They are young girls enjoying life and living from day to day until the d [...]

    7. Something different from an Indian authort really a cliff-hanger suspense storyt really much researched toobut at the end of the day it was fast paced, giving some insight in gal's life (and ensuring that the ones killed do not have much of historical background detailed)won't say believable too since though it has politics, police, cricket matches as India doesI still refuse to believe college have become what the novel depictst in last 5-6 years I graduated from oneA decent attempt, though I w [...]

    8. The author sent me this book for review and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. For a debutant she has done an excellent job in a genre that is usually considered to be a bit difficult to begin with.

    9. Usha Narayanan’s Madras Mangler is a classic thriller, based out of Chennai. It is a tale of Five young girls enjoying their college life however, everything is just a façade to what they are about to get themselves in to.Imagine a serial killer on the loose, dumping bodies of young girls in to the river. The cops don’t seem to have a clue about his activities and have no way of catching him. Wouldn’t you too, be scared to step out?The plot begins with a ragging scene by the college rogue [...]

    10. Being a non-reader of any writer's good work, I'm done with this 270 odd pages thriller - The Madras Mangler, in just three days. A gripping thriller with twists and turns in each and every page.I like not to give you all even a gist of the story and kill the excitement.You would enjoy it.

    11. The story itself starts with a very nail biting incident. College ragging at its brutal worst! How can young minds be so cruel? This is one question that has always troubled me. So, you can very well understand when it started with this incident, I was caught up in this book totally. Kudos to Usha Narayanan for writing such action packed novel. She is no shrinking violet when it comes using words to create a college ragging scene. I felt angry and anxious at the same time. But then enters our he [...]

    12. Usha Narayanan has done a great job with The Madras Mangler. The title itself is so clever that it was enough for me to take up the book which the author lovingly provided in exchange of an honest review.It is a fast paced thriller with new twists and turns every few pages. The serial killer is of course the main plot but there is a sub plot for each of the friends which, I believe, is the secret to the pacey read. Every few pages we are caught up with the history of the girls, someone is fleein [...]

    13. Read on BookGeeksA human limb is found floating in the Adyar river of Chennai. When divers search the waters for the body, they find one but it has all its limbs intact. Further search yields a total of seven dead bodies sunk in the river, all college girls aged 17 to 25. Media gives the serial killer a name – The Madras Mangler. Vir Pradyumna, a forensic expert from New York, is brought in to assist the cops. He predicts the next victim to be from SS Padmaja College where Kat, Moti, Lolita, M [...]

    14. Romantic thriller are very rare by an Indian Author.The characters of the five girls, their backgrounds and conflicts are very well depicted and written. The element of a an expert from US definitely adds spice to the story. Vir is a real action hero. All in all a good mix of charcters, narration and stunts (which includes a helicopter also)I liked the way Usha Narayanan has written the action scenes, it was quite enthralling to read such specifc actions, as if watching a movie. I would have lov [...]

    15. After reading a fair few not so great books, a good book comes like an oasis in the desert. Madras Mangler by Usha Narayanan was such a book. A out and out fast paced, crime thriller, I finished reading the 270 odd pages in an evening. I can safely say the book was unputdownable.For the full review please vist jaibalarao/2014/05/01/hunt

    16. At the end of reading this book I am still very unclear about what and why the serial killer did while he killed that many girls, wish there was more to his character,the whodunit was an abrupt reveal, otherwise this one is a brave attempt!

    17. The plot was a combination of CSI and Bollywood cliches. Writing style was tell, not show. It was too informal and predictable.

    18. Felt disgusted after reading the first few chapters. But pushed myself on as I have spent the money to buy this book. Unfortunately couldn't stomach it.

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