How To Kidnap The Rich Review

How To Kidnap The Rich
Author: Rahul Raina
Genre: Satire, Crime Fiction
Pages: 304 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown
Publication Date: May 5th 2021

Synopsis of How To Kidnap The Rich


This is the story of Ramesh who’s very poor and is basically abused and neglected by his chai wallah father. But then an angel comes into his life and her name is Claire. She educates him and becomes a mother figure in his life. He is super intelligent but life throws him in unexpected circumstances. He starts the business of exam fraud where he takes a huge amount of money from the client and takes entrance exams in their place. Soon, he takes an exam for Rudi, an annoying teenager, and he accidentally scores the highest marks in the country and propels Rudi into stardom. And from there comes the money, fame, and a lot of kidnapping.

My Thoughts on How To Kidnap The Rich

Kevin Kwan said this book is “monstrously funny and unpredictably wild” and I cannot agree more. This book is just insane and I loved it. One of the funniest books I ever read.


I had a blast reading this book. The first half is slower than the second half but I think I enjoyed the first half more. In the first half we get to know about Ramesh, his childhood and how Claire changed his life. In the second half, the rollercoaster of kidnapping starts and it is just crazy. Definitely feels like a Bollywood movie, in fact this book’s vibe is just like Delhi Belly (2011) and I love this movie!


This book is satirical and hilarious but I don’t think this kind of humor will appeal to everyone. It is more like dark humor and very subtle. I personally loved the dark humor and all the sarcasm, and I think this book is very well written. This book shows the uglier side of India and its rich people which I loved to read about.


How To Kidnap The RIch actually has a very low rating on Goodreads and I can totally understand why people won’t like this book. As the characters are Indian and the book is set in India, I think it’s highly probable that readers who are not Indian or not familiar with Indian ways will most probably not appreciate this book.


In conclusion, I absolutely loved this book. It was hilarious, gritty, and edgy, and I loved every bit of it. I can see clearly that this book is not for everyone but those who likes dark humor and satire will definitely enjoy this book.

My rating: 4.2 stars out of 5 stars

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