“Mystery, adventure, and romance are spiced with Bollywood glamour in this heart-stopping novel” from the USA Today bestselling author(Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
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Dr. Nikhil “Nic” Joshi had it all—marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black-market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.
Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen's heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala's story as absurd, but there's something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.
Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters—her young son. She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication.
Delving beyond the surface of modern Indian-American life, acclaimed author Sonali Dev's page-turning novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding—an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope.
“[A] seductive and complex story of love lost and then found.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Stunning.” —Booklist (starred review)
Just as one heart leads to another literally and metaphorically in Dev's seductive and complex story of love lost and then found, one layer of mystery leads to the next. Two years after Dr. Nikhil "Nic" Joshi was held a helpless witness to his wife Jen's rape and murder in a Mumbai slum, he is literally and metaphorically at sea: he's awash in Jack Daniels and afloat on a luxury ocean liner as the ship's physician. Both the whiskey and the travel help him escape from the horrific nightmares that mock his loving memories of his wife. As if to further defile his tortured heart, he starts to see fleeting glimpses of Jen. It's not a ghost but a woman, Jess, the recipient of Jen's transplanted heart. Jess is on a mission driven by her new heart to bring those responsible for Jen's death to justice, and she needs Nic's help. Dev follows them through Chicago, Mumbai, and the Caribbean as they work to bust a black market organ-transplant gang, and soon their hearts entwine. Dev moves so expertly through the subtle layers of the tender love story that Nic and Jess and even Jen will hold a permanent place in readers' hearts.
Good read …
Interesting storyline , great characters. An enjoyable read💗