I am completely fascinated with perspectives that come from cultural differences, and one of the authors that has stuck with me in this, knowing that I’ll get something unique, gripping and engaging is Sonali Dev. Please read on for my review and an excerpt from
A Change of Heart
First discovering Dev’s writing with A Bollywood Affair, I’ve managed to grab all of her titles for myself, although shamefully admit that my time to ‘pleasure read’ is nil. The scents and smells of India, particularly in Jess’ story here, come forward to permeate the story: while every character’s humanity and ‘sameness’ comes through, that overlay adds a layer of exotic and different, an addition that adds to the compelling plot.
Dr. Nikhil Joshi is a man living with tragedy, shadows and an ever-present bottle of whisky since his wife’s murder. A man who had dedicated his life to helping the unfortunate and underprivileged now is lost and circling around the whys, the what-ifs and the unanswered questions since Jen’s death. And then he spots her, HIS Jen. A mysterious woman looking just like her, claiming to have received her heart in a transplant. With a secret to share….
This story winds in and out of romance, suspense, a murder mystery and the darker issue of black market dealers in human organs. Not only do we have Nik and his questions, but the connection and secret that Jess has to share, even as she is consumed with her own worries and dangers.
Deftly Dev has woven a dark tale, with moments of bright lights that urge you to read on, despite the sounds and smells of the slums, the power players in the lucrative if wholly immoral and illegal organ trade and it’s all woven together with quotes and insets in Jen’s voice, her speaking from the grave sharing concerns, discoveries, fears and ultimately showing her courage. A story that gracefully moves through multiple genres and yet remains ultimately undefinable in every way except to say, this is a keeper. Dev’s writing is polished and nuanced, leading the reader to conclusions without tipping her hand, allowing the characters and their own imminent sense of mortality and morality to impact in ways unexpected.
Title: A Change of Heart
Author: Sonali Dev
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Multi-Cultural
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 27 September 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 35 minutes
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“A rising talent.” —Booklist
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, Joy. 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 copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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