The Second Wife (Book 1)

If you want to live, you must let go of the past…
Twenty-eight-year-old psychologist, Alisha Dimarchi, is abducted by an obsessed client and imprisoned in his Pakistani compound for over two years. Forced to change her name and live as his second wife, her life is filled with trauma and heartbreak. Thrust into a world of violence and oppression, Ally must fight not only to keep herself alive but to protect the lives of the people she now considers family. At night, she retreats into her memories of the only man she has ever loved—a man she believes no longer loves her.

Thirty-four-year-old handsome surgeon, David Dimarchi, has spent the last two years mourning the disappearance of his wife. After a painful and isolated existence, he begins the process of healing. It is then he is visited by a stranger, who informs him that Ally is very much alive and needs his help. In a desperate attempt to save her, David enlists the help of a mercenary. Together they find themselves in the center of more than just a rescue mission. Will he be able to reach her in time, and if he does, will she still want him?

Warning: This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matters . 

Awards and Accolades for The Second Wife:
2020 Finalist The IAN Book of the Year Awards in Women’s Fiction
2018 Pencraft Award Book of the Year
2016 McGrath House Independent Book Awards Winner in – Fiction – Thriller/Mystery
2016 Kindle Book Awards Winner in Horror/ Suspense
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree


  • The fast-paced psychologically stunning, intricately written piece of fiction parallels the real-life dilemmas of the many women who are annually kidnapped in our world to be married off or to be used as sexual slaves… Whether Paul’s intention was to speak out against human trafficking or not, her book brutally illustrates the horrors endured by kidnapped women moved thousands of miles from their home and forced to live as chattel.
    She (Kishan) has established herself as a woman who can fuse both action and romance into a subtle yet complex creation, dealing with epic subjects with invention and courage and a great deal of heart. The Second Wife is a powerful new epic that Paul has adroitly woven the prickly threads of religion, politics, race, sin, and redemption into a thing of terrible beauty. Pencraft Awards
  • This book goes to dark places but the healing interactions between all the people who love Alisha are achingly tender and the heart of the story. – NPR
  • Paul places the violence in direct contrast to Alisha’s Indian family,who have taken David deeply into their hearts, and who serve as his strength while he copes with her disappearance. – USA Today Bestselling Author Sonali Dev
  • The Second Wife is one of those rare novels that will lurk in the back of your mind for weeks. With stunning precision, Kishan Paul throws the reader into a world of clandestine organizations and brutal politics. The gripping characters wrench your heart and make you cringe with fear. A rollercoaster of suspense and emotion not to be missed. – USA Today Bestselling Author Aubrey Wynne