I was looking for something “different” to read and The Blue House in Bishop by Sunanda J. Chatterjee caught my eye. It promised elements of mystery and romantic suspense, a unique storyline and a taste of a different culture. And it delivered.
Description (from Amazon)
A broken soldier with a past, a doctor with a secret, an ex-cop with a mission, and a mysterious woman must fight a drug lord and the FBI to find justice.
After an accident, ex-Special Forces Capt. Duke Wilcox is forced to recover in the house of his old college roommate, Dr. Sunil Samant. Haunted by his failed mission and failed marriage, Duke has lost his trust in women and yearns for a chance to redeem himself.
Indian Police Inspector Alisha Raj has a passion for bringing criminals to justice. After leaving the police force with a broken heart, she agrees to an “arranged marriage” with Sunil. But it is an unusual proposal; Sunil asks Alisha to pretend to be his fiancée to please his dying mother.
Alisha comes to Bishop to leave her past behind, only to fall hopelessly in love with Duke. But she is engaged to Sunil, whose mother is expected to visit any day. The attraction seems mutual, but Duke’s troubled past prevents him from opening his heart.
Everything changes when a mysterious woman shows up with a baby, seeking Sunil’s help. But is this woman who she claims to be? Why is the FBI after her? And how is she involved with a Colombian Drug lord?
A story of loyalty, camaraderie, and love, The Blue House in Bishop brings four strangers together in a fight for survival.
I enjoyed this book. Its intricate plot crosses over between genres – the result is romantic suspense with the undertones of an intriguing crime thriller. Somehow the author managed to weave together the stories of four very different characters, each carrying their own emotional burdens and/or memories from the past. Both Sunil and Alisha are strong and likeable characters – they live in the modern world, yet retain respect for their cultural heritage and traditions. Strangers when they first arrive at the Blue House, the relationships between Sunil, Duke, Alisha and the mystery woman are complicated and sort themselves out as the secrets are divulged and the mystery is resolved. This fast-paced story held my attention from start to finish.
Note: If you are easily offended by strong language or graphic sex, this book might not be your cup of tea.