NUMBER OF PAGES: 294
SERIES / STANDALONE: Crimes in Arabia #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Novel Publicity tours!
Human rights violation is the Middle East is probably something that I not uncommon. There have been many reports of the same on the newspapers, but that had been it all. Not many people have ventured out to fictionalize them. Having worked for Middle East companies, this book kindled my curiosity.
The book follows the story of three different classes of people who end up tied together in a way by fate. Ali, the policeman, whose dreams of joining the elite forces is quashed when his secret his revealed. Maryam, an aspiring journalist has her wings clipped thanks to practices against women. Set against the backdrop of an oil abundant country whose migrant laborers are being mistreated by the employment agency, the story traces the unorthodox combination of Ali and Maryam in solving human rights violation crimes against the wage laborers who simply seem to drop dead.
The story seemed so realistic that I was in awe with the writer at one point of time. Moreover, to pick up such a sensitive issue and pulling out a fiction from it, the writer needs to lauded for her courage. The story hasn’t certainly been written for the faint hearted. The writing sort of stabs your heart with a sharp knife and then continues to twist it and turns it. Of course, it really isn’t as violent and emotional as certain other books, yet the writing and the story together managed to pack a punch. The characterization was pretty minimal and basic enough for the story. However, all the characters emoted perfectly well considering the premises that they had been featured in.
MY SAY: Quite an emotional read.
BOREDOM QUOTIENT : 1 /10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
AUTHOR LINKS: Goodreads
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads