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The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

By: Alka Joshi
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan,Ariyan Kassam,Deepa Samuel
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Publisher's Summary

Good Morning America’s “27 Books for June"

PopSugar’s Best Summer Reads of 2021 

A new novel by the author of The Henna Artist, a Reese's Book Club Pick

In New York Times best-selling author Alka Joshi’s intriguing new novel, henna artist Lakshmi arranges for her protégé, Malik, to intern at the Jaipur Palace in this tale rich in character, atmosphere, and lavish storytelling.

It’s the spring of 1969, and Lakshmi, now married to Dr. Jay Kumar, directs the Healing Garden in Shimla. Malik has finished his private school education. At 20, he has just met a young woman named Nimmi when he leaves to apprentice at the Facilities Office of the Jaipur Royal Palace. Their latest project: a state-of-the-art cinema.

Malik soon finds that not much has changed as he navigates the Pink City of his childhood. Power and money still move seamlessly among the wealthy class, and favors flow from Jaipur’s Royal Palace, but only if certain secrets remain buried. When the cinema’s balcony tragically collapses on opening night, blame is placed where it is convenient. But Malik suspects something far darker and sets out to uncover the truth. As a former street child, he always knew to keep his own counsel; it’s a lesson that will serve him as he untangles a web of lies.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Alka Joshi (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Re-tells the first book

I got bored at times. So much recycled content from the first book made me feel like I was listening to the same story twice, only not as well told the second time. Better editing might have been helpful.

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Lovely story

Following the Henna Artist this book starts 12 years later. It focuses on the next generation but many of the original main characters are still included. It's a lovely story set in India during the late 60's.

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Good but not great

The story fell flat for me. I loved The Henna Artist so I had high expectations for this book that may have been unfair.

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Wonderful Continuation of the Story

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Very well written and great narration. It was a lovely continuation of the story of The Henna Artist. Loved hearing the perspectives of each main character.

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Too much time spent retelling the first story

Very disappointed in the retelling of the first book. The writer is a gifted storyteller in the first book. The second book retells the first book to the point of boredom. I

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Decent story but the performance ruins it

The voice of Lakshmi is well acted but the performance of Malik and Nimmi, especially their Hindi pronunciations, are terrible. Nimmi seems like she has a forced Indian accent the whole time. It really ruined the experience for me, especially after The Henna Artist which was voiced very well.

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Beautiful

A really great book to escape into. Every character is perfectly imperfect. Brilliantly written and a joy to listen to. I finished this in about three nights and one afternoon! My favorite on Audible so far. It was well worth the credit and I am about to go purchase the book that goes before this!

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Wonderful!!!

I loved this book as much as I loved the Henna Artist! Both beautifully written and performed. Highly recommend!!

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Great sequel!

This was a good sequel to The Henna Artist. I opted to do Audible for this one since I really enjoyed the first one through Audible as well. The only thing I didn't care for was the narrator who read for Nimmi. I didn't like the fake Indian accent with the odd way she said words with the letter R. Like, it really got under my skin so much that I felt compelled to write it in the review. Other than that, both other narrators were 100% and really enjoyed listening to this book!

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Secret Keeper of Jaipur

Book contained Such wonderful characters and a great plot. Narrators were exceptional. Enjoyed it immensely !!

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  • 10-24-21

Transporting! As good as the 1st I eagerly wai 3rd

The story is mesmerising and well built and connected from the Henna Artist. I am really looking forward to Radhas story in part 3.

However the narrators Deepa and Ariyan need to be changed. For an india based novel, the accent and pronounciations are wrong and move the listener away from enjoyment.

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  • 11-07-22

Lackadaisical sequel

Not quite up to the standard of The Henna Artist, the plot was bland and predictable and the story lacked the atmosphere of the first book in the series. It's little confusing having several narrators and I didn't necessarily warm to all of the characters.

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  • Anu Kulkarni
  • 10-05-22

Narration could have been better

I really wish the narrators weren't forced to put on such an exaggerated Indian accent. It takes away from the actual story. Sneha Manthan did a great job narrating the first book. Should've stuck with just the one narrator.

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  • Lizalou
  • 07-18-22

Ok

I absolutely loved The Henna Artist and how Lakshmi made her way in life. Although it’s really good to hear what the main characters do next, this was a slightly disappointing sequel. The characters developed nicely but I found the main storyline a little slow and frustrating. But it’s always good to envelope myself in India!

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  • Saf WhamBam
  • 04-23-22

Incredible audiobook

The reading of this audiobook matches up to the story itself - both are incredible

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-22

exquisite

The conclusion is really nice. Malik turned out quite alright. it plays out corruption, deceit, loyalty and love. Love against the expectations of culture and society.
Nice narration.

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  • Carol
  • 02-25-22

Loved this book

I loved the continuity from the previous book, the story line, the intrigue and learning more about the Indian culture. Hopefully there is another book in this series.

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  • Tajinder
  • 01-31-22

interesting read

I am looking forward to visiting Jaipur and Simla one day soon. 😀 😊

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  • Jillco
  • 10-29-21

A great listen

I enjoyed this book very much. A good story with interesting and interesting characters.

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  • Rumzah Abbasrizvi
  • 07-12-21

WHAT A SEQUEL

loved it so much, I felt like I was part of their world so immersive. gave me the same sensations as The Henna Artist. so happy to see my old faves and some new people. Always a magical authentic experience.