Sunday, February 04, 2024

What is Amina Akhtar reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Amina Akhtar, author of Almost Surely Dead.

Her entry begins:
Missing White Woman by Kellye Garrett (out April 30, 2024)

If you’ve read any of Kellye’s books you know she’s so funny and clever while also tackling issues, which is a hard balance but she does it. Missing White Woman is her best book yet. It takes on the idea of crime and voyeurs and asks who gets to be the victim here? The twists and turns had me shocked—I didn’t expect the ending at all. It’s brilliant...[read on]
About Almost Surely Dead, from the publisher:
A psychological thriller with a twist, Almost Surely Dead is a chilling account of how one woman’s life spins out of control after a terrifying―and seemingly random―attempt on her life.

Almost Surely Dead Dunia Ahmed lives an ordinary life―or she definitely used to. Now she’s the subject of a true crime podcast. She’s been missing for over a year, and no one knows if she’s dead or alive. But her story has listeners obsessed, and people everywhere are sporting merch that demands “Find Dunia!”

In the days before her disappearance, Dunia is a successful pharmacist living in New York. The daughter of Pakistani immigrants, she’s coping with a broken engagement and the death of her mother. But then something happens that really shakes up her world: someone tries to murder her.

When her would-be killer winds up dead, Dunia figures the worst is over. But then there’s another attempt on her life…and another. And police suspect someone close to her may be the culprit. Dunia struggles to make sense of what’s happening. And as childhood superstitions seep into her reality, she becomes convinced that someone―or something―is truly after her.
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