Fourteen-year-old Ash Choudhary lives with a drunken and abusive father in a council house in London's crime-ridden East End. His mother says their crummy existence is down to karma - punishment for a ton of bad deeds done in past lives. Whatever. Ash thinks his real problem is keeping Sherifa Khan, his Muslim girlfriend, a secret. But...what the hell is that red stuff on his little sister's dress?
She recites the sickest poem he has ever heard. It can mean only one thing...and the thought is unbearable. What should he do about it? What can he do? He's just a kid. Should he just block it out of his mind? Tell someone? Who? What would happen if he blew the whole thing wide open? The consequences would be devastating. The shame of it.
Ash is trapped. No one to turn to.
His mother is hopeless - a victim herself. "It's our karma." Her answer for everything.
But Ash refuses to accept all this as fate. To turn a blind eye is not an option. He is a determined kid and he made his little sister a promise he intends to keep. Alone, he embarks on a dangerous and violent quest to get his father out of their lives.
The Kiss of Karma is a story of lives wrecked by secrets; of courage and survival; of love and tenderness amidst brutality. It is about a boy prepared to do whatever it takes to change destiny. A no-holds-barred, gripping thriller and a rollercoaster ride of emotions, Ash's story will resonate in your thoughts.
"The Kiss of Karma is a difficult story to face, but it is a reality that looks into the life of a family shackled by abuse from its head. Ash's struggle to protect his mother and sister are expertly portrayed in a thriller that will have the reader on the edge of their seat and turning pages in expectation of the fate of the hero and his charges. The plot and character development is brilliant and the intense darkness of the struggle is felt. The reader walks through this story at Ash's side, asking the same difficult questions and searching for the same answers. This book has the same dark, intensity of the some of the most recent best sellers which have been provided by Indian writers. Excellent book! A must for a serious reader."
(Bil Howard/Readers Favorite 5 Stars)
"Author Vimal Vaz handles tough subjects in his Coming of Age/Realistic Novel, The Kiss of Karma. His main character, Ashok, has to grow up and become an adult before he's even been a teen for very long. Watching him swallow his fear and stand up to his father, knowing full well that he'd be beaten for it, is hard to take, but the bravery and conviction Ashok shows in doing so makes him a complex and believable main character. Vaz deftly handles racism, religious differences and, the elephant in many rooms, generational abuse in a novel that is uplifting and very entertaining. I found it hard to break away from reading The Kiss of Karma and am looking forward to reading the sequel. This book is well worth your time.
(Jack Magnus/Readers Favorite 5 Stars)
"In The Kiss of Karma, we learn how beliefs and reality collide to manufacture an environment that tests the strength of a young man's will. This is a dark story, but one that offers hope. Because of the language and sexual content in the book, which is necessarily graphic and sometimes raw, I can recommend this only to an adult audience, but I do recommend it highly. It is well-written and fast paced. Mr. Vaz is a promising author who we will hear much about in the years to come. It was a pleasure reading this book.
(Michael McManus/Readers Favorite 5 Stars)
"The development of the book is very well done. Ashok's story is told with coarse and violent language of the street which mirrors the blood-soaked plot. The descriptions of Ashok's hard life are raw yet artistic. Be prepared for anything in Vimal Vaz's The Kiss of Karma."
(Jean Hall/Readers Favorite 5 Stars)