"Makhmali's smart debut has a unique style and structure that is held together by vivid characterization ... the emotions play out wonderfully." – Kirkus Reviews
"A thought-provoking debut with a unique take on unconventional family problems." – Kirkus Reviews
"If you believe that the universe helps us when we realize that we've been (as Makhmali's pun intends) "misswired" and are open to connectivity again, then this novel is your spiritual cup of tea and then some." – The Jersey Journal
"We absolutely love this book!" – Fuzzable
Murder. Mystery. Soulmates. Magic. It's a scorching hot day, the kind of day that grows warmer when the gusts come. Lanna Zar is learning to swim at the town pool where she befriends Sam. Meanwhile, her father is flirting with Sam's mother, a redhead whose meticulous makeup paints a Monet-like image. Soon after, Sam finds his parents dead.
Set against the hypnotic backdrop of the New York City skyline, amidst the fantastical luxuries of the ultra-wealthy, and juxtaposed by the natural wonder that is Mother Earth, MISSWIRED follows the interwoven trials and tribulations of Lanna and Sam, two acquaintances whose burgeoning friendship comes to a startling halt.
Through a captivating story, MISSWIRED explores the depths of our givers and the mystical elements that influence us. Who killed Sam's parents, and what becomes of Lanna and Sam twenty years later?
“Makhmali explores her protagonist’s fears, hopes, and failings in explicit detail … as a story about resolving a painful past with her father, the emotions play out wonderfully.” –Kirkus Reviews, Featured Book
“If you believe that the universe helps us when we realize that we’ve been (as Makhmali’s pun intends) “misswired” and are open to connectivity again, then this novel is your spiritual cup of tea and then some.” – The Jersey Journal
“A dark urban fantasy that dazzles its readers even as the characters desperately struggle to overcome the world they find themselves in … the hallmark of well-drawn characters, they often do surprising things making them very human, which can be rare. ” – Judge, 6th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards
About the Author
Tara Makhmali is the author of MISSWIRED, the founder of CommonSmarts Media, and since 2010, a certified Project Manager (PMP). She is an Iranian-born US citizen whose family left Iran shortly after the revolution. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband, Evan, a prominent New York City litigator, their beautiful daughter, and their lazy miniature English bulldog, Wilson. Tara has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She has worked in various capacities from Project Manager to Recruiter to Consultant for notable companies such as Pearson Publishing, FCB Advertising, Bridgewater Associates, and HBO. In her spare time, she plays classical piano and guitar. Above all, she is a curious person who cares deeply for people and progress.