Mona has almost everything: money, friends, social status… everything except for freedom. Languishing in her golden cage, she craves a sense of belonging…
Desperate for emotional release, she turns to a friend who introduces her to a world of glitter, glamour, covert affairs and drugs. There she meets Ali, a physically and emotionally wounded man, years younger than her.
Heady with love, she begins a delicate game of deceit that spirals out of control and threatens to shatter the deceptive facade of conservatism erected by Lahori society, and potentially destroy everything that Mona has ever held dear.
In The Company Of Strangers is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy of both using the link below.
I thought this was an exciting and captivating read which was brilliantly written.
The thing that most stands out about this book is the author’s ability to vividly set the scene so that the reader feels that they are actually there experiencing everything alongside the characters. I loved the vivid, colourful descriptions of Lahore which I’d now love to visit at some point. The culture of the city with the lifestyles and expectations of the classes was fascinating to read about, particularly as I hadn’t realised it was so strict nowadays.
The love story between Mona and Ali was beautifully told and had me captivated from the start. The conflict Mona feels over what she wants to do and what she feels she is expected to do is heartbreaking to read about at times. I was completely on the couples side from the start and found myself hoping for a happy ending. This isn’t a usual love story though so don’t read this thinking it’s going to be all sugar coated romance as it’s not and it has a very interesting ending.
I so enjoyed reading this story and was gripped to the start reading about Lahore society which outsiders don’t get to know about normally. The story alternates between Mona and Ali’s point of view which made for very intriguing reading. I can’t wait to read more from this talented author.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Awais Khan currently lives in Pakistan. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Durham University. He has studied Novel Writing and Editing at the prestigious Faber Academy in London. His work has appeared in the Missing Slate Magazine, MODE, Daily Times and Aleph Review. Awais is the Founder of the Writing Institute, the largest institute for Creative Writing in Pakistan and has been interviewed by several leading television channels about his work.