But when Nouf ash-Shrawi, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a wealthy Saudi dynasty, disappears just before her arranged marriage, Nayir is the man the Shrawis trust to bring her home.
Days later Nouf's body is found in the desert, but Nayir's task is not over; he feels compelled to uncover the disturbing circumstances surrounding her death...
©2008 Zoe Ferraris; (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd
A slowly unfolding mystery set in a culture and a city few of us will ever experience
Her other book - City of Veils - is just as good
He is so easy to listen to - definitely a star reader
Niyar's introspection and ambivalence are a major and moving theme
With this book I felt I'd been given a glimpse into a culture that would normally have been closed to me. What a fascinating experience. Both male and female characters were brilliantly brought to life by the narrator Jonathan Keeble who effortlessly drew me into both the mystery and the world in which the book is set. Can't wait for Ms. Ferraris to continue the journey.
When I first started listening to this I thought I'd made a big mistake in getting it.
Fortunately, I was stuck somewhere where I had no other books at my disposal so I was forced to listen.
Boy, was I pleased that I did.
I just loved the way I was drawn into the story and how the author managed to describe the plight of women in Saudi Arabia without going over the top and making the book a crusade. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I immediately downloaded the next in the series I hope there are going to be more.
I read a number of different novels: this was special. I enjoyed listening to the book from the start. It is a criminal novel but also a book about culture. I have read /listened to it several times.
Anyway, independent of the way you like to read it, it is a novel to appreciate. I am looking forward to the Zoe Ferraris' next novel.
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