Book Review: City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris
City of Veils by Zoë Ferraris
This is a fast-paced literary crime thriller set in modern-day Saudi Arabia that had me thanking my lucky stars that I am fortunate to be living in New Zealand! City of Veils captures the paranoia that surrounds women and sex in this strict Islam society – as well as being a captivating read. The story opens when the mutilated body of a young woman, half naked beneath her burqa, is found on Jeddah beach. Surprisingly, the woman turns out not to be yet another unsolvable housemaid murder (in which women remain as anonymous in death as they were in life) but instead a subversive film maker from a wealthy family. Investigating policeman Osama Ibrahim and his team find themselves investigating this case, as well as the case of an American man who has suddenly disappeared, leaving his American wife, Miriam, alone in one of the most repressive cities in the world. There are a host of other characters and the story line is multi-layered while at the same being fast-paced and sure. It takes the reader on a journey into a society where nothing is as it first seems. This is a unique look into another culture, with several mysteries at its core. A mesmerizing piece of storytelling.