Title: Gazelle in the Shadows
Author(s): Michelle Peach
No. of pages: 316
Genre: Historical fiction, Thriller
Publication date: April 20th 2018
Date read: May 13th 2019
Elizabeth Booth is a student at Durham University, with Arabic as her major. As part of her study she has to spend one year abroad in an Arabic country, so she can learn the language even better. Unlike the other students, Elizabeth wants to go to Syria. Eventually she convinces her professor and she can go. Once there she has to fend for herself, but she’s lucky to get lots of help from some kind Syrians. Soon she finds out that not everything is as it seems and she doesn’t know who to trust anymore.
Gazelle in the Shadows was definitely a good read and it was interesting to read a story that’s inspired by Michelle Peach’s her own life. Which is quite crazy to think of, because a lot is happening in this story! Right at the start get a hint at the start of the story that things will go bad: Elizabeth has been captured and she doesn’t know where she is, nor who her captors are. Soon the story switches back to the months before Elizabeth’s capture and the mystery begins.
Although I really liked reading Gazelle in the Shadows, I didn’t really feel a connection with Elizabeth. She has a very different personality than I have: where I overthink everything and imagine doom scenario’s of everything that could possibly go wrong, Elizabeth was really naive. She trusted people a little too fast to my liking and that made it feel a little unrealistic to me. That was really the only thing that bothered me while reading this book.
I don’t read books like Gazelle in the Shadows that often, so it was a nice change!
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own! *