Sunday, August 15, 2010
CITY OF VEILS by Zoë Ferraris
City of Veils by Zoë Ferraris is a hard book to write about.
Sometimes the setting becomes a character in a book. That's true here. The book is set in Saudi Arabia, a country where the state-sanctioned religion circumscribes the roles of women. But the book has women heroes, strong women heroes.
The story begins with two seemingly unrelated events, a missing American contractor and the brutal murder of a rebellious young woman.
Detective Inspector Osama Ibrahim and a young forensic technician, Katya Hijazi, work together to solve the case. Her friend, Nayir Sharqi, helps Katya.
Everything hinges on the murdered videographer's tapes and CD's.
Finally, the solution is logical, but unexpected. And the author tells the story in what was, for me, a powerful and disturbing way.
I recommend this book, but with a warning. City of Veils is violent, especially at the end.