Sunday, 10 July 2016

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

How does a woman drown in a desert a long way from home, particularly in a country where women don't leave their homes unescorted.

Nayir ash-Sharqi is asked by his friend Othman to find his sister Nouf who appears to have run away from home.

The story is set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  Nayir is a good and devout Muslim.  He is finding it difficult to investigate when he doesn't feel free to nor comfortable to speak with women.  His investigation takes a turn when Katya,  a female lab technician at the morgue, joins the case.

It was interesting how Nayir came to an acceptance of working with Katya.  She seemed so bold and forward when they met that he was clearly uncomfortable in her presence.  Nothing in his upbringing had prepared him to deal with the opposite sex.

The further he investigated, the more he learned about women and their lives.  He was surprised to learn that women could want more than to stay at home and become mothers.

As much a I enjoyed following the course of the investigation, I was far more intrigued by what Nayir learned about himself  His world opened from a closed male one to one that he realized could be enriched by females.  Author Zoe Ferraris also opened a door for me into a world and lifestyle that I knew so little about.

The Nayir Sharqi Series:

Finding Nouf
City of Veils
Kingdom of Strangers

Cover image courtesy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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