I loved reading about the life of a British teacher in Saudi Arabia in 80's. It was utterly informing and quite shocking to learn about a specific era of a middle eastern country which is a rich and prosperous one today.
Getting adapted to a harsh life under strict rules is something the author crafts beautifully in her book. (My most favorite part) .
While i could relate to her story and deeply felt for Kate and her family living in such a restricted society, at some points i spotted some biased opinions about Islamic rules which i believe she could respect them more as she was living in a muslim country. .
The part where the little girl goes missing is truly horrifying. The mother's love and attachment was heartfelt and beautiful
Tho the ending was unexpected and personally i was looking for more conventional ways to find a missing child, i liked how it didn't end in usual thriller-book ways.
Oh my, first all the turmoil Kate goes through for a visa. Then all the culture shock in foreign country. Absolutely could not put the book down until the end. Just to see what happened to Kate and her family.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a different life!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2020
An enjoyable book, easy to read. Enabling me to relive my experiences of a similarly restrictive culture, I appreciated the well organised informative chapters preceding the plot. Once there, I was forever wondering how it would be resolved so it became hard to put down then.
by Judith Chamberlain
I enjoyed everything about the book there was nothing I didn't like about the book. I like the setting, the writing style, the plot, the plot twist and the characters in the book were amazing. I would gladly reread it again. I also like the concept of the book.
An absolutely amazing novel of an american family in Saudi Arabia,. I devoured this book. She knows how to keep her readers in her grip. The story is very well crafted and unbelievably authentic. Great read!.
From personal experiences, combined with fiction, M S James has created an emotional story in an unusual setting.
The writer's 'voice' came through clearly for me . An easy but intriguing read, describing aspects of an English family' s life while both parents work in Saudi for a period in the 1980s.
The twist of fate and an emotionally touching ending make this a satisfying, as well as informative, book to read.