Hello lovely readers, today’s #bookreview is of a debut author Awais Khan. The novel is set in a glamorous high society, one in Pakistan, in this case. I quite enjoyed it and hope you pick it up too.
Title – In the Company of Strangers
Author – Awais Khan
Rating – 4.5/5
Location set in – Lahore, Pakistan
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 the debut title of author Awais Khan. The novel is set in Lahore, Pakistan, an ancient, old city famous for just about everything a westerner deems exotic.
Set amongst the high society of Lahore, comprising of businessmen, entrepreneurs, the glamour industry and the working class who works hard for them.
In the Company of Strangers follows quite a few characters; Mona and husband Bilal, a construction mogul; Meera, model management agency owner and Mona’s college best friend and Ali who is the star model of Meera’s agency.
The story is a long, never ending line up of parties and how the rich spend their time in between. Partying is almost a cultural phenomenon amongst the society depicted in the story. While we do see the glamour, beauty, power of influence and money, we also get a somewhat close look at what lies behind all the shine.
The story follows how Mona, a rich married yet unhappy woman is attracted to Ali, a model always looking to make more money to provide for his family.
It is money which motivates Mona, Ali on paths which entwine their lives. The motivation is different but the root same.
What this story did is it reminded me of the heady world of glamor, old money, beautiful yet broken people. It is mesmerizing and an entertaining story to loose an evening in.
Awais Khan is a graduate of Western University and Durham University. Having been an
avid reader and writer all his life, he decided to take the plunge and study Novel Writing and Editing
at Faber Academy in London. His work has appeared in the Missing Slate Magazine, Daily Times and
MODE, and he has been interviewed by leading television channels like PTV, Voice of America,
Samaa TV and City 42, to name a few. He is also the Founder of The Writing Institute, one of the
largest institutions for Creative Writing in Pakistan. He lives in Lahore and frequently visits London
Social Media Links – Instagram: @awaiskkhan @thewritinginstitute
Reviewed by Bharti