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The Second Wife Paperback – October 8, 2015
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Biography From daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the day, the creativity switch to Kishan Paul's brain is always in the 'on' position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would graduate with honors. Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over 20 years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.
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Ally is a psychologist happily married to surgeon David in Philadelphia. She has no idea that one of her psychotherapy clients, Sayeed, is an arms dealer hell bent on having her as his wife. He abducts her and steals her away to Pakistan where he forces her to become his second wife (love the title, by the way). This story line is about as horrifying as it can get for any psychologist--for any woman, really.
Sayeed is one of the most vile villains I've met. I cringed every time Ally mentions his sour breath or groping hands. I wanted to kill him.
Meanwhile, Ally's husband David is going crazy from grief. When a man approaches David with an offer to help his wife, he'll risk everything to get her back.
The story feels gritty and real. There's no easy happy-ever-after when you're ripped from your home and repeatedly raped and beaten. But there is a peek into Ally's resilience, and keen psychological insight into the effects of trauma:
"This emotionless, not-needing-anyone kind of person you're truing to be is probably how you survived, and I get that. But I know you and no matter what you say, you're not getting rid of me."
I loved the characters of Ally and Nasif, as well as the intriguing backstory behind a suicide bombing.
Well done, Kishan!
I read this book in a single day. This isn't out of the ordinary for me. But it's the only book in a long time I kept wanting to put down because it was overwhelming but couldn't because I had to find out what happened next. I literally wrote to Kishan 30% of the way in and told her I felt like crying already. (And high-fived her virtually because she nailed it)
This book will reach into your soul and nest there for DAYS. Talk about major feels and angst.
The frightful topics are handled so well and I literally held my breath at some parts because I was caught up in the drama.
I'd call the ending a tentative happily-ever-after. You don't get a "and then everyone got better and everything is perfect" but a more realistic "and everyone started healing." I appreciated that SO MUCH.
But yeah....this book. [insert dramatic sigh]
I have never listened to any of Ms. Arserio’s work but was very delighted to find that I own a few of the books she narrator and can get the audio at a discount. What Ms. Arserio brings to the table is a delightful audio that holds you as spellbound as the author does. Her voice blends very well in this story really bring it to life making you feel you right in the room watching it happen and taking the fallout just as Alisha/Sarah is. There were not any background noises, no repeating of wording, if any breaks were taken I could not tell. I loved her accents that really make the story more believable. Her character voices are very smooth, interesting and really great. Her male voices really fit the characters as well as her female ones. You have no trouble knowing who is talking and just what they are feeling. I found myself pulling back as Ally went through her trials trying to hold on to anything that will help her get through to the next day. Have no doubts that this narrator really bring this story to life making it come alive in your mind. There are no words to tell you just how much her narration affected me making me feel just as if I was there looking in as the evil man takes his pleasure on a women he had no right to hold. I am totally blown away with her performance.
What the author brings to the table is an outstanding read of survival, getting even, taking back your life, facing your fears as you face your past which you have lost and learning to start over again when you do not know which way to turn. In my first review I said I can’t even image what Ally went through but after listening to the audio I felt every rape, hit etc she did. Not many things brings me to tears but as I write this I have tears in my eyes. I really didn’t know how much it affected me until I try to put in words my thoughts. What this audio does is put you in another’s person shoes living day to day in a country you do not knowing the language not having any friends to talk to, having people hate you for no other reason than you being there, you only a doctor you’re not sure of and a husband who isn't your husband that does cruel unspeakable things to you but at the same time believing you are there for his pleasure and you are happy about it, that your all lives are wonderful. Than to be taken, raped and beaten over and over again for little or no reason is just more than your mind can handle. Day after day watching an evil man using whatever he can to keep you in control letting him do what he wants, not trying to escape for fear of what he will do the ones you love.
Alisha is a sweet wonderful caring lady that gives so much of herself to everyone. She has/had a wonderful husband who adores her. A loving family that bring a smile to her face with their love. She has the best and everything any women could want until the day she walked outside and someone took her to a new country, killed people in front of her and became her worse nightmare. She prays for someone to come get her and take her home. She prays for the love of her life until the day she sees a picture and knows her life is over. She has nowhere to go, no one to love and no reason to live until the day she built her new family from those around her that are going through the same things she is. Will this nightmare ever end? Will she ever find a way out and a place to call hers?
David remembers it like it was yesterday even through it has been two years since the love of his life came up missing. He has turned over every stone, she is nowhere but in his dreams. Those wonderful dreams at night when he is asleep she comes to him he reaches out and touches her only to wake and find she is gone. After two long painful years he has found someone who can make him smile again. If she could only make him forget.....until the day a man came to him and said your wife is alive and is the second wife of another man. He leaves no stone unturned as he finds away to get to her and bring her home but will it be too late?
What made this such an outstanding listen/read for me is the plot and the writing style of this author and the way the narrator delivers each scene in her almost cold tones it makes chills rundown you spine. The audio adds so much really grabbing your attention and not letting it go until the last page. You will not want this story to end you will want to know what happens next, do they make it, will they be able to bring their selves out of the darkest time in their life or will the darkness pull them under?
This is a very believable plot with some wonderful caring characters. Some you will love and others you will want to kill yourself. If I could have gotten in the story I would have gladly have taken a few out. I was begging for the knife, a gun to be handed to me to just give me a few minutes with the ones that had taken her and changed that sweet smiling girl into a very cold person whose smiles never reaches her eyes, a person who bends to their will, giving others control. I promise she would be smiling from not only her eyes but her soul when I was done.
What I really like about this story is the author gives you all the fact without throwing them in your face. You know what happen and you know it is terrible but you do not read all the details. You can feel the pain of the victim as she is rape and beaten but it is told in a way that your mind can handle it. There are so many victims all because of one man who thinks he is better than anyone else that he deserves to have what he wants when he wants it. No one said no to him if they do he kills them or takes them. No one has been able to stop him. Alisha believes she can and will die trying, she has nothing to lose and nothing to live for. He must die, his evil must be stopped. There is many more beside her that have paid his price. She vows no more will die, no one will do anything against their will because of him, he will not take another and putting them through what he did her.
David isn't walking away he will make this man pay for what he has not only done to him but his wife, the women he adores, the love of his life. He will not leave Pakistani without her, no man will ever hurt his beloved Ally again, and those who have will pay dearly at his own hands. Now it becomes a fight to the death who will live and who will die.
This is one book I could not put down it held my interest like no other one has in awhile. There were times my mouth fell open my hand covered it. There were times I was close to tears as the author took me through the pages of hurt and pain. Many times I thought let me in a room with him and I will happily take him out. It has been a long time since a story has touched me so deep that I felt it all the way to my soul. I love the fact that it is told in a way that shouldn't trip any wires in your brain if you have been abused. It is a story you can relate to without having to read word for word what was done. This is one audio/book that will never get old it will always hold you spellbound as it did when you first read/listened to it. It is one you will want to listen to again and again. I think most who read this will not be able to walk away without being touched in some way. I know this review does not to justice to this book there are no words to say just how much it affected me, or what my feel are as you are taken to another place and another time living through your worst nightmare. I highly recommend you pick up The Second Wife and give it a read. I honestly can’t wait for the next book to come out in audio taking off where this one left off. It is a spellbound read as much as this one was.
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Imagery she uses is unique and beautiful. Had to read the sequel immediately. That good.