Red River, Blue Hills by Ankush Saikia – Book Review

Red River, Blue Hills



On a rainy night in September, a beautiful woman walks into the upmarket Hotel Aurora in New Delhi. She makes her way up to the sixth floor, where she shoots the CEO of an international defence consortium. A few hours later, the woman meets a fiery end in her vehicle on the outskirts of the city. Varun Mehta, whose family owns the hotel, finds himself unwittingly pulled towards the crime, and the enigmatic woman who perpetrated it.


Opposing the advice of the police and his brother, and struggling with his own demons and insecurities, Varun’s search for answers leads him to realize that what appears to be a straightforward case is anything but. His attempt to uncover the truth takes him from the frenetic pace of India’s capital to the remote frontiers of the nation’s north-eastern region bordering Myanmar — the land of the red river and blue hills. Will he finally find what he is looking for? And will the journey allow him to come to terms with his own complicated past in the region? Red River, Blue Hills is a gripping thriller that also looks at changing lives and changing times in one of the most diverse countries on the planet.

Book Review:

Red River, Blue Hills by Ankush Saikia is a thriller that takes you through a roller coaster journey of two extremely different regions of the country. What started as a normal murder case in the capital city of India concludes with numerous questions that will leave every reader perplexed.


The novel started with an ambush between the army and the militants in the dense forests of Assam. The narration is very good with the tales of unrest and protests of the militants of North East region woven beautifully with the attempt of the male protagonist Varun Mehta, to uncover the truth behind the murder that occurred in his posh hotel in Delhi. The plot is interesting. The northeastern region of India including towns of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have been sketched beautifully by the author. The author has also done an excellent job in describing the situation of this region back in the 1990s when it was undergoing a major turmoil under the terror of the militants including the recent changes it is witnessing.

Although the story is a murder mystery but it discusses many bitter truths about the northeast region of India that make it all the more interesting and worth reading. The language is simple and at no point does the reader feel bored.

Overall a captivating, action packed thriller and a sure page turner.

Thanks to the publisher for providing the book for an honest review.

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One Response to Red River, Blue Hills by Ankush Saikia – Book Review

  1. Menonim Menonimus says:

    “Red River, Blue Hills” by A. Saikia is an enjoyable thriller novel. Interesting to read over again. Not reading it means missing something interesting.
    Menonim Menonimus.


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