Jul 15, 2020
City of Veils: A Novel
Posted by Zoë Ferraris

After the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on a beach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Detective Osama Ibrahim, along with the help of female coroner Katya and her friend Nayir, discovers that the victim was a controversial filmmaker and must discern whow

  • Title: City of Veils: A Novel
  • Author: Zoë Ferraris
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • City of Veils A Novel After the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on a beach in Jeddah Saudi Arabia Detective Osama Ibrahim along with the help of female coroner Katya and her friend Nayir discovers that the vic

    Jill

    There have been many literary mysteries written and many books about the plight of women in repressive Saudi Arabia, but I have never read an author who is able to so seamlessly weave these threads together to create a potboiler thriller that sizzles with knowledge.Set in Jeddah seemingly one of the liberal cities of Saudi Arabia the core of the story focuses on a burqa clad and tortured body of a young woman on a beach Three stories are interwoven a whodunit story of how she got there and who [...]


    Harry

    Book Review The saga of Katya and Nayir continues in this, the second in this Ferraris series.Elsewhere here on GR I have been embroiled in commentary regarding the nature of protests political, economical, etc And as I was responding in that particular thread my mind kept returning to perhaps the only form of protest not mentioned the fictional author mounting a protest In particular it kept returning to my latest read in a mystery series quite unlike any other.City of Veils is assuredly a prot [...]


    Bettie☯

    Description The body of a young woman is discovered on the grimy sands of Jeddah beach soon afterwards, a strong minded American woman finds herself alone and afraid in the most repressive city on earth when her husband suddenly disappears.Investigating police officer Osama Ibrahim, forensic scientist Katya Hijazi and her friend, the strictly devout Bedouin guide Nayir Sharqi join forces to search out the truth in the scorching city streets and the vast, lethal emptiness of the desert beyond.Bre [...]


    Blumental

    A lot of reviews of this book make us believe that the interesting angle for this crime novel is the fact that it is set in Saudi Arabia, written by a quasi local and, hence, that the novel offers us an insight into a world we know very little about Unfortunately, this book fails to do so in quite a disappointing fashion.In my view City of Veils does very little to shed light on an intriguing culture and instead re hashes preconceived, rather superficial notions of the culture of Saudi Arabia A [...]


    Giovanni Gelati

    This novel is an eye opener I am the proud father of seven girls we also have a son and must say that the way in which women are treated in the Middle East have always stunned me City of Veils gave me a new perspective on the whole thing Zoe Ferraris has a unique viewpoint being both a woman and having lived in the Middle East, experiencing it first hand Her previous novel, Finding Nouf, was a Los Angeles Times Prize Winner.Here is the summary of the novel When the body of a brutally beaten woma [...]


    Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"

    Life for women in Saudi Arabia Burqa requiredBrain optionalBYOB Bring Your Own Brother Bodyguard Bedouin any time you set foot outside your home I thought City of Veils, although perhaps overlong, was a much better novel than Finding Nouf It explores the varying levels of compliance with religious law in what is considered an open city, from both a male and female perspective I found it especially interesting to read how modernization might pose dilemmas for devout men, as we usually tend to foc [...]


    Eszter Faatima Sabiq

    I hesitated between 2 and 3 stars because it is an entertaining read but also full of pretentious nonsene The writer is trying hard to describe Saudis, Arabs and Muslims in a surprisingly unconventional way the bad guy is an atheist, the good guy is a fundamentalist and Islam is nice just misunderstood etc but she fails in understanding how Muslims feel or think in the framework of their beliefs and religion and towards an authority representing and enforcing one understanding of Islam She also [...]


    Mirela Ivancevic

    Ova knjiga ima sve to treba imati punokrvni triler Odli an zaplet , savr enu napetost koja ne prestaje ni na jednoj stranici , jako zanimljive glavne likove koji se bore sa nekim svojim demonim Uz sve to spisateljica nas upoznaje sa jednom kulturom koja je nama zapadnjacima uglavnom nepoznata , a koja u itaocu stvara dodatnu dozu napetosti i intrige Poglavlja su kratka , ita se u jednom dahu , preporuka svima koji vole dobar krimi triler.


    Laura

    There are some books that we do regret when it s finished This is one of them.4 City of VeilsTR Finding NoufTR Kingdom of Strangers


    Julie Christine

    I wondered several times during The City of Veils if I could read another Nayir Sharqi mystery after this follow up to the mesmerizing Finding Nouf The oppressive Saudi culture and the unforgiving interpretation of Islam that requires subjugating women sets a haunting and desperate tone that is almost unbearable I wince at the thought of spending time in the wet, stifling heat of Jeddah and with its suffocated citizens Yet, this is a brilliant and irresistible work of literary crime fiction The [...]


    Sanaa Iona

    This book I thought was brilliant Crime, religion, culture and mystery all in one FAB I don t like to make a review and basically tell what the whole story was about because then those who haven t read it know too much but the way the characters within the book are portrayed and portrayed with such realism I thought made this story all the soo real Each of the main characters intrigued me in their own way and I could relate to them all in way or another As a Muslim woman I think I related to Mi [...]


    Joy

    This book was read for my 2016 Reading ChallengeAround the World in 80 Books I first discovered Zo Ferraris when I read around the world in 2013 So I was really excited for this challenge when I saw another book had been released in the Nayir Sharqi Katya Hijazi saga A murder mystery and criminal investigation set against the religious extremism and the harsh desert of Saudi Arabia is the perfect combination for a cannot put this down read City of Veils picks up roughly a year after Finding Nouf [...]


    Debbie

    I loved it Another winner from authorZoe Ferraris City of Veils is a must read if you read her first novel in this series, Finding Nouf I read Finding Nouf some time ago and enjoyed it so much I always intended to read this next book in the series I really don t have any logical excuse for the delay Maybe I forgot how much I liked these characters Catching up with Katya and Nayir was like a reunion with old friends This is a murder mystery series with a twist What makes this so interesting is th [...]


    Wanda

    17 DEC 2015 a recommendation through Bettie She really does read great books Many Thanks, Dear Friend.


    switterbug (Betsey)

    Jeddah is an intriguing place to set this crime thriller social examination of Islamic culture It is the gateway to Mecca, but also the most cosmopolitan of cities in Saudi Arabia It lends itself to exploring the conflicts between a traditional way of thinking and a progressive outlook The novel contains men and women on various sides of belief, as well as the American perspective In Jeddah, laws are liberal, and lend itself to some ambiguity, such as the wearing of the burqa for women It isn [...]


    Tara Chevrestt

    This is not typical thriller You don t race through it, figure out whodunit by page 30, roll your eyes when the heroine predictably bangs some FBI agent or her partner, and forget about it Instead, this is a very thought evoking and eye opening story As well as a murder mystery, this book includes an eye opening look at what life is like for women in Saudi Arabia Some choose to hide behind the veil, some are tired of hiding behind the veil Some dare to walk out of their homes without a male esco [...]


    Jamie Collins

    I really enjoyed this second book from Ferraris another murder mystery set in modern day Saudi Arabia Perhaps someone suggested that her first book was too sympathetic to Saudi culture, because this one is much harsher We get the point of view of an American woman who feels trapped and humiliated by the restrictions on women her husband is late picking her up at the airport so that we can witness the procedure for unclaimed women We see a woman being chastised on the street by the religious poli [...]


    Evelyn

    I zoomed through this in a couple of days It is a wonderful followup to Ferraris first book, Finding Nouf I am on the fence between a 3 star rating and a 4 star rating I love the characters I will certainly read anything else written in this series It is highly engrossing, but not great literature It reminds me very much of Faye Kellerman s first books, but set in Saudi Arabia The two main characters are Muslims struggling with orthodox religion and their growing relationship, while Kellerman s [...]


    Dee

    WowI loved this book from the setting to the story, I will definately be seeking this author out in the future The setting of Saudi Arabia is definately not commonplace in fiction and it was obvious from the writing that the author had either lived in the society or done a significant amount of research because it seemed authentic I could understand the confusion that Miriam would have felt having come from the US to the Saudi culture The plot was fast moving, and I didn t figure out who did it [...]


    Elizabeth Moffat

    I had such high hopes for this novel when it first started I was so intrigued by it being set in the middle east and was fascinated to learn about what is expected of women in that culture However, the story didn t really go anywhere and I didn t really warm to any of the characters Just an ok book for me.


    Carey Combe

    I loved this a great deal than the first one Gives a wonderful perspective of what it is like to live in Saudi culture The mystery was also excellent, had me guessing right up to the end Excellent stuff.


    Miriam

    A really well written and fascinating mystery that also gives insight into the Saudi Arabian culture.


    Cheri

    I enjoyed the mystery and the setting very much, but was disappointed in the character development I no longer understood the continued attraction between Katya and Nayir that was so well done in the previous book Finding Nouf.


    Alesa

    I usually avoid mysteries, especially murders But having lived in Saudi Arabia, the premise of this novel intrigued me And from page 1, I was hooked.Although this book works well as a mystery, the best part about it, for me, was the way the author accurately conveyed the general sense of fear a woman always feels in the Kingdom After I returned, I found myself paranoid about all sorts of small things, such as finding myself alone with anyone male in an elevator at Nordstrom s City of Veils broug [...]


    Donna LaValley

    Although I didn t read the first in this series of 3 books, I enjoyed this 2nd Main characters are both male and female, combining forces to solve a crime in modern Jeddah, Saudi Arabia A young woman s body Leila Nawar is found A filmmaker who made controversial documentaries about various types of oppression in Saudi Arabia, she had enemies and critics, especially among the religious police who are a different organization from the legal police force She worked in a factory that made sexy under [...]


    David

    A detective mystery set in Saudi Arabia Your first thought might be that there is going to be a lot of exposition about Islam and contrasting radical extremists with good Muslims, or disquisitions on the status of women in Islam and how much it sucks to be a Saudi woman While these topics come up and yes, it does kind of suck to be a Saudi woman , Zoe Ferraris never gets up on a soapbox and neither do her characters I was skeptical at first, but the writing is plain, straightforward narrative th [...]


    Mark

    This is the second in a series featuring Bedouin desert guide Nayir Sharqi and forensic investigator Katya Hijazi, set in Saudi Arabia In this book, they both become involved in the case of a woman whose body is found washed up on the beach, horribly burned and with multiple stab wounds Later, the case leads to the disappearance of an American bodyguard, but it is well into the book before his link to the dead woman is revealed.Zoe Ferraris does a wonderful job of depicting the complexities of t [...]


    Jonathan Maas

    Beyond good, beyond a great read, beyond a great premise Only thing I can really add that has not been already Readers need not read 1 in this series I have not, at least not yet, and it was great Though the premise has few western characters, western readers will find it easy to follow and identify with them Even the conservative ones, or perhaps especially them Though it has been compared to The Da Vinci Code, I thought it surpassed that book in many regards Namely that it went above and beyon [...]


    Susanne

    Wie im ersten Band der Reihe hatte der Kriminalroman schon durch das exotische Setting mein Interesse gewonnen Die Handlung spielt in Dschidda, einer der gro en St dte Saudi Arabiens Auch die beiden sympathischen Protagonisten, der W stenf hrer Nayir und die forensische Assistentin Katya sind wieder bei den Ermittlungen dabei Doch im Vergleich zum ersten Band zeigt Totenverse deutliche Schw chen.Im ersten Band der Serie habe ich viel Interessantes ber die saudische Kultur, Mentalit t, Religion u [...]


    Sarah

    Finding Nouf, the author s first novel, was a 2009 Alex Award winner and a huge favorite of mine especially since I was on that committee Why did I wait so long to read City of Veils I truly believe that Ferraris is one of the best authors writing in the adult fiction realm She is so readable hundreds of pages zoom by without the reader realizing it I want to know her characters and be their friends Although, honestly, Nayir would have a hard time with me since I m American and don t know the Mu [...]



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