Think that these novels, set in Saudi have been excellent to date and work well as crime novels and as a way of looking inside another society.
One of the things that made them brilliant was the way Zoe Ferraris wrote so dispassionately about Saudi society helping you understand how immensely different it was culturally and how easy it is for a westerner to not have a clue. By doing that you were left with a sense of shock and horror at a society that totally controls the way someone thinks, the role of women, the sense of suffocation for men and women, of a society wracked by hidden fault lines.
The only other person who I feel has done this really well is Hilary Mantell in her Eight Months on Ghazzah Street.
This time round feel she has missed a trick by using common stereotypes and is a tad lecturing. Less can be more when you complete the dots for yourself.
As a crime novel works well enough although if I was being picky would suggest some of the coincidences are over egged.
This series is really worth reading and would suggest to anyone considering it to start at the beginning of the series.
Also to buy the paperback rather than the Kindle version as you will really want to lend this to your friends.
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