This book has all the potential to be really good but somehow does not make it. It darts back and forward , all over the place, making it really hard to follow. The author is trying to be clever but it makes you feel like throwing the book against a wall. Shame it could have been so much better.
This is a complex story with the main character having 2 additional alternative aliases, but it is mainly about the sense of loss she feels from her mother's abandment, the grief that ultimately takes her father from her and the connection she feels with the daughter of the charismatic archaeologist she meets at a dig. The parallels drive her to save this young vulnerable woman and to fulfil her promise to the archaeologist. There are themes around the treatment of Muslims in America post 9/11 and the effect this has had in the increasing of radicalisation for young disaffected and isolated young people. Would recommend this engrossing novel wholeheartedly.