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City of Veils by Zoë Ferraris
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Aug 18, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: best-reads-2010, books-that-make-me-ignore-the-kids

The City of Veils is one of those rare books that not only entertain me, but delight me and remind me of my love of reading. I had been on a dry spell of reading so-so books, until I picked up this book after seeing in on a TBR list from my update feed.

It turns out, this is her second novel and before even finishing this book, I went out to to find her first book.

I wish that there was a way (and maybe there is a way) to link to Julie's review - she captured this book eloquently. At its heart, this is mystery book. But to call it a mystery book does it an injustice. It is so much more than that - it is very well written and the setting of the book, Saudi Arabia, raises moral and religious threads that you don't find in most mystery books.

The plot focuses on the death of a Muslim woman. The forensic investigator is a Muslim woman, Katyr, who works with a Muslim investigator, to solve the crime. At the same time as the death of this woman, an American male goes missing and his American wife must deal with trying to find her missing husband as an American woman in a society that is not exactly open to females, particularly females not wearing Burqas and being unaccompanied by a male.

The mystery kept me guessing until close to the end....but what makes this book so extraordinary are the characters, the location and the religious restrictions and tensions of Saudi society. Loved this book. And...I confess that I was so immersed in it that I made the kids watch a movie on Saturday afternoon so I could read some more. :)

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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I want to read this based on your review and Julie's review. Too bad only one of my two kids likes movies...

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