Sane Psychopath by Salil Desai
Sane Psychopath - Book Review

Sane Psychopath by Salil Desai

Like the author describe his one of the characters in this novel as a good raconteur, I would say he is the one. He has described the characters, events, scenarios in such details that you find yourself living in the story. His language is easy to understand & as you read you don’t have to refer to dictionary often to look up for the meanings of words he has used. The weak point of this novel is the few numbers of event that takes place in the story, which makes you lose interest after some time but his storytelling keeps the flow going.

Page Count: 240 pages

Publisher: Fingerprint Publishing

Publication Date: September 1st, 2018

In his 3rd novel, he has also touched upon the important issues our country is currently facing. Our society is growing, so is our anger & envy. Our cities are more developed & connected than ever before but our villages & values are forgotten somewhere. We live & believe what we see in the news, on the social media. We have lost connection with ourselves & when the reality strikes in the form of an inner voice telling us to look within & stop what is wrong, we become violent, unable to accept or re-arrange our life. These emotions erupt as volcanos harming us & the people around.

The author also tells us about the struggle that everyone goes through after the news is off the headlines. The criminal, the victim, the lawyers & especially the people around them. Though the end looks promising but as you proceed it ends abruptly. Leaving you with a mixed bag of emotions. Relief that finally someone’s suffering came to an end, the happiness of a new life that awaits the couple, emptiness of the parents who lost their child & so on.

Taking liberty here to use his words to summarise this book-Salil Desai’s storytelling shakes the Chutzpah of the reader like the driver drives in the story. So, if you are looking for a gripping short read for the weekend- go grab a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

Sane Psychopath by Salil Desai

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My Rating: 3/5 stars

About the Author

Salil Desai is an author, columnist, and film-maker based in Pune. He is best known for his much-acclaimed Inspector Saralkar Mystery Series which includes 3 and a Half Murders (2017), The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen (2015) and Killing Ashish Karve (2014).

His other popular books are Murder on a Side Street (2011) as well as a collection of short stories, Lost Libido and Other Gulp Fiction (2012). The Sane Psychopath (2018) is his sixth book.

Born: Pune, India


Over the years, Salil’s books have received good reviews in The Hindu, New Indian Express, The Pioneer, Bangalore Mirror, DNA, First City, The Tribune, Afternoon Despatch & Courier etc. His work has been praised by veteran authors Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Shobhaa De and film-makers Sriram Raghavan and Sujoy Ghosh.

An alumnus of Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Salil’s dramatized management training videos ( are much appreciated in the corporate world. Salil also conducts intensive workshops in creative fiction writing, story and scenario design, screenplay writing and film-making at leading liberal arts institutions, media and communication colleges, and other renowned organizations across India. As a newspaper columnist, over 400 articles, op-ed pieces, features and travelogues written by him have appeared in The Times of India, Indian Express, DNA, The Tribune, Reader’s Digest, Deccan Herald, The Hindu etc.

Salil was also one of the 4 international authors worldwide selected for the HALD International Writers’ Residency in Denmark, hosted by the Danish Centre for Writers & Translators in June 2016.

Book Reviewed by

Shubhra Mukherjee

Shubhra Mukherjee

Shubhra is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the corporate world for 7 yrs. before she chose to become a certified yoga teacher. She is an avid reader & currently enjoying her sabbatical GAP year. Last but not least, she is a solo traveler & loves to ride, especially her Royal Enfield.

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