For Josh, a troubled and lost young Londoner, falling out with his best friend and an emotional breakup with his girlfriend turn his whole world upside down. Only Sumesh, the master of his local Buddhist centre, can provide the answers he so badly craves…
In Sydney, too, all is not well. A close encounter with yet another casual fling very nearly puts Zoe’s life in danger, prompting her to seriously question her life’s direction and whether she can carry on living a lie.
The answer to their troubles seems to be the alluring and enigmatic Nepal. As Josh finds out about a temple reported to grant instant enlightenment to all who enter, he leaves his life in London behind without a second thought. Zoe, hounded by otherworldly visions, just as quickly heads for the Himalayas in search of revelation.
Yet all is not quite as it seems. As mysteries and long-hidden secrets are unravelled, will Josh and Zoe find the truth they are looking for?
Targeted Age Group:: 14-30
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write this book by my own experience of feeling lost, alone and that my life needed 'fixing.' I have often thought that by just doing this or starting that, by changing this or getting that, that somehow my life would suddenly be just as I wanted it to. This personal experience gave rise to Josh and Zoe in the book.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Josh is very much based on myself – a young British man dealing with mental health issues and feeling lost in life. Zoe is based on a character from a video game called 'Uncharted 2: Among Thieves,' a beautiful, seductive Australian woman called Chloe Frazer.
Josh frowned at him. “Wait – you knew I was supposed to go to Nepal?”
Sumesh opened out his hands, a look of confused innocence on his face. “Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t – all that matters is you’ve made the right decision,” he replied, his timeless smile allaying any annoyance Josh might otherwise have felt at him for not simply telling him what to do in the first place. “You’ve definitely made the right decision,” the centre master reiterated.
Josh looked at him slightly suspiciously; as if there was something he wasn’t telling him. “So what now?”
“Now,” Sumesh said, leaning in towards his cupped hands as if about to say something of importance, “I have something to tell you. Something you’ll definitely want to pay attention to.”
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