cover image A Change of Heart

A Change of Heart

Sonali Dev. Kensington, $15 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-1-4967-0574-7

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. Agent: Claudia Cross, Folio Literary Management. (Oct.)