Nayir al-Sharqi, known by his friends for religious piety and his Bedouin-like knowledge of the desert, lends his assistance to a wealthy family when their soon to-be-married daughter Nouf goes missing. After a short search, the girl is found dead, apparently drowned in the desert during a freak deluge. Something about her death doesn't sit well with Nayir, however, and he makes an uncomfortable alliance with a female coroner's technician to determine what really happened.
The riveting mystery in Finding Nouf is complemented by the novel's engaging protagonist, whose romantic awakening will linger long in readers' thoughts.
©2008 Zoe Ferraris; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. While there is a whodunit at the center of the storyline, I was captivated by the many details of daily life in Saudi Arabia. Inside the head of a righteous Muslim, the retrictions on women from clothing to needing a driver or male escort to the difficult, if not impossible, effort to get to know a member of the opposite sex. Give it a listen!
The butler didn't do it, and I had a hard time figuring it out until near the end. I lived in Saudi Arabia for a year, and the culteral backdrop is accurate in my opinion.
A stunning view of a world to which few of us are privy. Excellent narration and a fascinating story. Loved it.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
I read this book in print originally. I would say that I got equal pleasure from listening to it. This is a murder mistery set in another country with a very different culture. The characters are native. So the reader gets a peek into another world along with the mistery. The pace may be considered slow by some readers and this is more noticeable in the recorded version than in the print version.
The author of this book was married to a Saudi and lived in Saudi Arabia. She manages to take the reader into daily life in that country while at the same time developing a murder mistery. This book provides a very rich, very different kind of experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The narration was OK (not exceptional).
I recommend this book. It is an immersive experience. For those who like an intelligent thriller with something extra...this is it!
The perspective of life in Saudi Arabia - the role of women.
Nayir - his knowledge of the desert and the fact that, while being very traditional, he is able to be open to the changes around him - particularly those of the roles of women.
Only that I have been telling everyone I know to read it.
Unique approach by a detective, dealing with the death of a young woman, in a totally "veiled" society. I feel that everyone should read this for a better understanding of this part of the world.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I find the best detective stories are often not about the crime. Instead they're about the world in which the crime happens.
This is a view into the world of Muslim women that I suspect is neither romaticised or vilified. The whole premise turns on the men in this woman's life who have no idea who she is. It's not a quiveringly good book but it's a good read and a fascinating glimpse into another world.
This is a fascinating glimpse into a world we westerners know so little about. The author does a great job pulling us into the realities of modern day Islamic culture through her characters and she creates a commonality that leaves one caring about people we probably never would give a second thought to. An enjoyable and thoroughly interesting story!
Enjoyed this book. Great combination of mystery, character development. Loved the author's explaination and description of a muslim world where you finish the book with a better understanding of the role of women, the strength of women without judgement. Can't wait for more books from this author.
Interesting story but it drags in spot. At times character introspection makes the story lag way too much.
This is not a story to keep you hanging on the edge of your seat. The solution is pretty obvious early on. Consequently it has moments where the story really drags. It is less of a mystery than an exploration of chraacters. I got really fed up with Nair and his thoughts. I am not a reader who like to spend too much time with characters whose thoughts fill too many pages.
At first I didn't like the narration but I guess it suited the story which was very male oriented. However, the narrator is not good with female voices. Simon Prebble he is not. The narrator was OK but not great.
It took me several days to listen to this book as I would get bored with it frequently.
A better book by this author is City of Veils which is a very gripping mystery story and moves along well. This book has too many spots where it drags.
I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.
I recommend this murder mystery. The setting is contemporary Saudi, Arabia which is a unique backdrop for a mystery. The story provides an interesting glimpse into Saudi culture including male/female roles within the Muslim faith. One of the main characters is a woman who is a forensic scientist and through her character as well as through the male protagonist, the reader is allowed to explore a bit of the inner conflict which arises out of the Muslim beliefs of both the young men and young women. Both main characters are thoughtful, intelligent adults who face several ethical dilemmas throughout the novel. The murder mystery was intriguing and kept me guessing until close to the end of the book. In addition, the reader had a steady and pleasing voice. Overall, between the murder mystery, the culture and the psychological/religious considerations, the book is well done. It's not an edge-of-the seat mystery, but more a steadily paced, light-weight, murder mystery with some interesting twists. Thumbs up.
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