Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris

Genre:  Fiction

Published by:  Little,Brown and Company

Pages:  Hard Cover

Rating:  8 JAGS

Zoe Ferraris’s Kingdom of Strangers is a gripping story of murder and mystery in a world of religious segregation and virtue in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. Local Police Inspector Ibrahim Zahrani is called to investigate a mass grave of women who were butchered by a serial killer that is targeting foreigners who work for the wealthy Saudi citizens.

 Ibrahim himself is guilty of committing acts of adultery that are punishable by death, and has realized that the recent disappearance of his mistress might possibly drag him further into the serial killers web.  The only person he can turn to for help is Katya, a lab technician, who happens to be a woman. Katya must navigate the fine line of disobedience and compliance while working between both investigations in order to stop a killer and help one of the few men who doesn’t practice the religious fervor of Shiria law, which is predominate in Middle Eastern culture. 

Kingdom of Strangers is an excellent read. This story is a compelling page turner that allows you to peek into a culture where women are considered subservient, and honor and Allah are the true currency.   I highly recommend this book. A good read and true definition of a great story.
A definite purchase new.