In the maze of narrow streets, a faceless killer hides... The burkha-clad body of a young woman is discovered on the grimy sands of Jeddah beach. Investigating policeman Osama Ibrahim, forensic scientist Katya Hijazi and her friend, the strictly devout Bedouin guide Nayir Sharqi join forces to search out the truth in the scorching city streets and the vast, lethal emptiness of the desert beyond.
©2010 Zoe Ferraris (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
This was, essentially, a thriller: and a very good one too. However, I found the customs and attitudes to Arab and western women absolutely fascinating. The book had many twists and turns keeping me entranced until the end. It was wonderful to learn about the desert and the Koran. Excellently narrated too. I would thoroughly recommend this book.
Great book, really nicely read. It was so interesting having a thriller set within a culture I am not familiar with. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have recommended it to friends.
I greatly enjoyed this book! I was having trouble finding one that kept my attention and had a narrator I could listen to for 14 hours! This has everything! A great plot with lots of twists and turns, interesting charachters and the added thrill of getting an insight into a fascinating culture. The narrator does great accents (minus the female american characters in my opinion but this did not ditract much!) and reads slowly but with appropriate pace. Great!
Excellent - made all the better by Jonathan Keeble's narration. Such a great listen- I just sat and listened, trying to visualize the world Zoe's description immersed me in.
One of the best audiobook narrators- First listened to his narration of Reginald Hill's books and was hooked. On a par with Samuel West. A poor narrator can make it impossible to enjoy even the best of books.
The plot of the story is good, although not exceptional- what brings the story alive is the portrayal of the different culture and the conflicts within the Arabic culture has it try's to make sense of its role in today's society. I really enjoyed the portrayal of the leading characters it was so sensitive.
This is a great listen. The second book in a series of novels can often be a bit of a let-down, but not so in this case. I love the cultural setting - it's been very cleverly done and sensitively too. It's great to see an in some ways quite traditional detective story in a setting that we're not used to seeing. I'd definitely recommend this if you like a detective story.
This is the third book I've listened to by this narrator, he's excellent and I really enjoy his style. I found him slightly off putting in this one though, so many of the characters were women and his female accents were a little distracting - the lead charachter being an American woman, and his accent for her was unusual to say the least. I can't help thinking, with so much of the dialogue being from women and female narrator might have helped for this particular book, but that's just my preference - I still think he's an excellent narrator and will specifically seek out his books in future
I found the storyline excellent and the insight into Saudi culture to be really interesting.
Fantastic, absorbing, wonderful look at a different culture. Strongly recommend. Could not wait to get into my car so I could listen to more of the tail. I will definitely look for other books by this author.
This could be sub-titled " The difficulty of being a woman In Saudi" Indeed whether a police officer, a victim, or an American wife, all live with laws and customs that is dominated by the male ego. Despite this great disadvantage our heroine pushes her burka firmly up and gets down to the business of solving the mysterious crime. Certainly her male colleague ( superior rank, of course) helps and is not too much of a hindrance.
I was left pondering if the Saudis with their vast wealth would ever change to a more equitable life for their female population. The mystery did not work for me, but the sociology was fascinating.
This book had a good story line as well as a very different cultural climate. The characters continue from her first book, and I should have found it easier had I started with this. But it is a good story in its own right
"Another good one"
Once again the author managed to transport me to a country and culture that I know very little about.
I love the two main characters and how the classic 'who done it' and secondary 'romantic interest' play out with all the differences that a strict Muslim grime can create.
This work sits in Contemporary Fiction, yet it a suspense and murder mystery too.
Beautifully narrated by Jonathan Keeble. I had read this a few years ago and have found the narration by Jonathan has given the story another dimension.
Some characters are almost thunbnail sketches and some are so finely detailed and others are given an Impressionist's brush. They all fit well together.
This is Zoe Ferraris' second book set in Saudi Arabia that I have read.
I do hope Zoe Ferraris continues to write and that her books become available through Audible.
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