Sean, the husband of Isabel, is an archaeologist. At the beginning of the novel Isabel, who works for the intelligence service normally, has travelled to Egypt because her husband has gone missing there. Egypt is in a turmoil with the army taking power and the Muslim Brotherhood going for presidency again. While Isabel is trying to find a trace of her husband another archaeologist with backup of a powerful businessman insists there is a hidden area in the pyramid of Cheops. He invites her for the opening of that hidden room.
The story is intriguing and many current affairs of nowadays Egypt intertwine within the story. You keep on reading. However do not expect deep psychological analysis.Although the mourning is well written. In the end I had the feeling the story was rushed. On the other hand the fact that some people appear in Isabel's life and then after a short time die instead of developing in a love interest or a mysterious nomad makes the story more realistic and less "constructed".
Written as a review for Netgalley
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Henry warned her. “If you go to Cairo, you'll get yourself killed.”
what choice does Isabel have? She has to find Sean, her missing
husband, and she's discovered that a hospital in Cairo treated an
American patient recently, flown to Cairo from Germany for some
unexplained reason. But she's arrived at the wrong moment. A mass
uprising is being crushed in Tahrir Square. The next day, an Egyptian
billionaire announces a discovery at the Great Pyramid of Giza. Isabel
decides to talk to him. He might help her find Sean.
She ends up
deep in the desert, at a camp run by the Muslim Brotherhood. They murder
her driver in front of her, then ask her to carry one simple task. They
will lead her to Sean if she agrees. But what they are asking goes
against everything she believes in. And time is running out.
Great Pyramid of Giza provides the final piece of the puzzle, which
Isabel and Sean first encountered in Istanbul. In a fabled hall, assumed
by most to be an ancient myth, Isabel finds out what happened to her
husband. She also discovers what lies beneath the Great Pyramid, based
on real, ground penetrating archaeology, which will undermine what
millions cherish as the truth.