Blurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.
A secret grave in the desert is unearthed revealing the mutilated bodies of nineteen women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected in Jeddah for more than a decade.
However, lead inspector Ibrahim Zahrani, is distracted by a mystery closer to home. His mistress has suddenly disappeared, but he cannot report her missing, since adultery is punishable by death. With nowhere to turn, Ibrahim brings the case to Katya, one of the few women on the force. Drawn into both investigations, she must be increasingly careful to hide a secret of her own.
Portraying the lives of women in one of the most closed cultures in the world, award-winning author Zoë Ferraris weaves a tale of psychological suspense that delves into the darkest corners of the Saudi underworld.
This is the last in the trilogy, at least so far, I would love the author to write some more following their adventures or normal lives, depending on how you look at it. Of the two main characters of these three books. Katya (the forensic scientist) has much more of a role in this one, much more than Nahir (the bedoin guide).
Katya and her co-workers are trying to resolve the murder of 19 women over a period of over 10 years. The author delves a little more into Saudi Arabia life and its intricacies, which most of us have no idea of. This novel is a little darker than the others.
Again there is the presence of an American woman, this time she has come to help with the profiling of a serial killer, but as with all the others, there is another story running alongside with the disappearance of an ex co-worker of one of the lead detective of the case.
You will understand, a little more about life in Arab states, about how life is difficult being segregated from men and the lives they have to lead.
This is a great book, best in the series, a cosy murder mystery with no violence or harsh words, and I was glad to read the ending, nice and happy, even though it was a little abrupt. Highly recommended book, but read the other two first, as this will help you understand the relationship between Katya and Nayir. These three books have come to be favourites of mine. Loved the cover and the title, it refers to all the migrant workers living, often in the most terrible conditions, in the country. Read my review for Finding Nouf here and City of Veils here