Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Book Publicity Services and the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Publication Date: April 26th, 2018
Recommended Age: 15+ (suspense, violence, slight gore, kidnappings)
Synopsis: In the mid 90s, Elizabeth Booth is a young British college student studying Arabic at Durham University. With some travel and work already under her belt, she excels at her studies and is sent to Damascus to immerse herself in the language. Taken aback by the generosity and kindness of the people there, she easy slips into a life in the ancient city. She has friends, her studies, and even a handsome boyfriend. But things aren't always what they seem. Soon, in a world where mistrust and disloyalty are commonplace, Elizabeth finds herself navigating a web of lies, betrayals, and even murder involving MI6, deadly terrorist factions, and the shadowy Syrian secret police.
I feel like this book is really well written and you can tell that the author has a knack for painting beautiful pictures. The way she writes the locations makes me want to go visit them and you can see she really has a love for this land. I felt for the most part this book was intriguing.
However, the way the book is wrote is really confusing. We have an opening scene from one point in time and then we go back in time to a different time. The book is very unevenly paced and the time jumps are weird. The first 200sih pages are really slow and methodical while the rest of the book is super fast paced and leaves you breathless. I felt that the relationship between the daughter and the father was concerning. The father was said to have called the girl a slut for kissing her love interest and it’s never really addressed again and at the end she pretty much longs for him. Nothing was really resolved in that regard and I felt uneasy about their relationship. I also felt uneasy about the whole family dynamic and I felt that was why the character is so naïve, but I also feel that she maybe shouldn’t have been that naïve in so many different areas. The book also didn’t feel that resolved at the end.
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