Another excellent book by this talented author. She manages both to tell a good story with interesting, well-developed characters, and to give a vivid portrait of the claustrophobia, paranoia and hypocrisy of life in the Saudi theocratic society. It is a society where nobody is safe, especially not women, especially not foreign women.
The roles of men and women are so restricted and so enforced that nothing is simple. Katya, the ambitious forensic technician, has the most difficult challenges on the job, but Ibrahim the homicide inspector is targeted by jealous co-workers as well as by the virtue police. Nayir, the Bedouin who wants to marry Katya, is unusually accepting of her job and her ambition, but he is not always comfortable with it. These relationships develop within the context of an investigation into a series of killings of women over a ten year period, and the disappearance of the woman that Ibrahim loves. It all makes for a compelling story.