“Kismet”: A new thriller based in Sedona

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A new thriller called “Kismet” takes place in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. The author, Amina Akhtar, came on Arizona Horizon to talk about the release. The book is due out August 1.

Kismet is about lifelong New Yorker Ronnie Khan, someone who thought she would never leave Queens. She was never an “aim high, dream big” person—until she met socialite wellness guru Marley Dewhurst.

Seduced by the dream of finding her best self, Ronnie makes for the desert mountains of Sedona, Arizona. There, Ronnie experienced healing yoga, transcendent hikes and epic juice cleanses. But things quickly turned dark when health gurus around town start turning up murdered. Soon, Ronnie has reason to fear for her own life.

You can read more about the book here.


Critics have already given the thriller Kismet rave reviews. Kirkus Reviews calls it an “amusing takedown of influencer culture.” And Publishers Weekly calls Akhtar a “talented author.” Oprah Daily calls it “Twisty, sardonic.

About the author

Amina Akhtar is a former fashion writer and editor. She’s worked at Vogue, Elle.com, Style.com, NYTimes.com, and NYMag.com, where she was the founding editor of The Cut blog. She’s written for numerous publications, including Yahoo Style, Fashionista, xoJane, Refinery29, Billboard, and for brands like Bergdorf Goodman and H&M’s 10 Years of Style tome.

After toiling in the fashion ranks for over fifteen years, she now writes full time in the desert mountains. We spoke to her from Cottonwood. Kismet is her second novel. Her first was called #FashionVictim.

You can read about #FashionVictim here.

Amina Akhtar, Author

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