In the mid 90s, Elizabeth Booth is a young British college student studying Arabic at Durham University. With some travel and work already under her belt, she excels at her studies and is sent to Damascus to immerse herself in the language. Taken aback by the generosity and kindness of the people there, she easy slips into a life in the ancient city. She has friends, her studies, and even a handsome boyfriend. But things aren’t always what they seem. Soon, in a world where mistrust and disloyalty are commonplace, Elizabeth finds herself navigating a web of lies, betrayals, and even murder involving MI6, deadly terrorist factions, and the shadowy Syrian secret police.
What a fantastic story! I couldn’t believe how long delayed reading this book, the way Michelle writes is wonderful. You really get caught up in Elizabeth’s story, I felt right there along side her. Though there were times where I wanted to shake her for making such silly decisions. But I had to remind myself Elizabeth is young and this did feel like a subtle coming of age story.
Overall if you like mystery and intrigue then Gazelle in the Shadows is a great read!