I’ve never read a supernatural thriller before, and last month I got the opportunity to read one written by a debut author. S.V. Sujatha’s, The Demon Hunter of Chottanikkara. Two things happened when I was finished with the book. First, S.V. Sujatha has now grabbed my attention and I’ll keep an eye out for her upcoming work. Second, I really liked The Demon Hunter of Chottanikkara! It kept me glued to my reading chair and the twists and turns in the story were absolutely brilliant!
The Demon Hunter of Chottanikkara revolves around a small village in the peaceful land of Kerala known as Chottanikkara, which is infested with demons of different kinds- Brahmarakshasas, former priests who because of committing sins have now become demons, Mohini Pisacha who takes the form of a beautiful woman and sucks the life out of her victims etc.
The only defense the villagers have against such demons is a Demon Hunter by the name of Devi, who is trained by Parashurama himself and is skilled in the arts of war and exorcism. But a new demon has now emerged in Chottanikkara which is far more brutal and horrifying than anything that Devi has ever come across. For the first time in her life, Devi is haunted with fear of failure as she prepares to deal with this demon. But what she doesn’t know is that the demon is connected to her somehow. And this is the part which makes the story super interesting!
Now when I started reading the Demon Hunter of Chottanikkara, I thought that by mistake I may have received a children’s book. But as I moved on gradually, I was really surprised and happy to see the power of words that S.V Sujatha possess. She is much more creative as compared to recent debut authors that I have read and she knows how to engage a reader through her words, which is the most important thing if you are reading a thriller.
The story of The Demon Hunter of Chottanikkara is also pretty great. I really liked the protagonist Devi, whose inspiration I think was taken from Goddess Durga who rides a lion and destroys demons. Devi also has a lion named Ugra who is her constant companion when it comes to hunting demons.
When it comes to storyline, I think the author has shown the immense talent of streamlining all the event and facts in a way that keeps the reader hooked till the end. As a debut author, she has definitely made her mark. The plot, as I mentioned above is something that you will absolutely love!
Apart from this, I think that The Demon Hunter of Chottanikkara has every thing that a good thriller needs. It has the right characters, the right setting and the surprise element which is a must! All in all, make sure you grab your copy of Demon Hunter of Chottanikkara.