Happy Thursday booklovers!
Excited to share with you my review for this timely and engaging story that I was lucky enough to read with a few of my book Bestyies.💕
A Deadly Divide
- A Mystery
- Narrated by: Peter Ganim
- Series: Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Series, Book 5
- Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-12-19
- Language: English
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
A timely and intriguing crime thriller that really made me think 💭
Ausma Zehanat Khan has taken today’s important issues pushed them to the forefront of this mystery and did not hold any punches… hate is so ugly and so uncomfortable and there were so many parts of this book that were just that, uncomfortable and ugly…. this is the fifth book in this series set in Canada, but the first book I have read from the series, it worked perfectly fine as a standalone…. I found the political issues of Quebec quite interesting, I really had no idea… unfortunately these are the same problems we have in the US, hate appears to know no boundaries… BUT in this book just as in the real world there were more good honest people than haters…
There was a shooting at a Muslim mosque in a small town in Quebec… it appears to be a hate crime, but Esa and Rachel who have been sent to investigate the case think there is more to this than it appears… A group of white supremacist, a group of girls calling themselves the lilies (and I’m still not sure what their purpose was), A priest, and a stalker all make for a compelling read… add in some complicated romantic entanglements in both Rachel and Esa lives, and there is not much more you could ask four… but for me the true brilliance of this book and what set it apart was the honest and real look at today’s political and cultural environment….
The mystery was interesting and I liked following along with the investigation… my only little niggle with this book was I was sometimes a little overwhelmed with the characters, I couldn’t always remember who was who, but this could be a me problem… it also probably would have helped had I read the previous books in the series, and it definitely did not detract from the overall story…. and it certainly didn’t stop me from donning my detective hat!
This was a relevant, perfectly paced, interesting crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end! Recommend!
🎧🎧🎧 I really am so excited to get back to my roots and have the privilege and opportunity to listen to so many wonderful audiobooks. This was another book that was truly enhanced by a rich narrator. Peter Ganim gives his wonderful voice to this series, I just checked and he narrates the full series. He did a wonderful job with all the different characters especially when it came to the female voices, I also was impressed with his French. Now if I’m being completely honest I would have no idea if he was pronouncing it correctly but it sure did sound good!
🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! We didn’t start the fire🔥
Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, “The King and I” and “The Catcher in the Rye”
Eisenhower, vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it
Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, “Rock Around the Clock”
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
*** many thanks to Minotaur and Macmillan Audio for my copies of this book ***
About the Book
From the critically acclaimed author Ausma Zehanat Khan, A Deadly Divide is the devastatingly powerful new thriller featuring beloved series detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty.
In the aftermath of a mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec, the local police apprehend Amadou Duchon—a young Muslim man at the scene helping the wounded—but release Etienne Roy, the local priest who was found with a weapon in his hands.
The shooting looks like a hate crime, but detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty sense there is more to the story. Sent to liaise with a community in the grip of fear, they find themselves in fraught new territory, fueled by the panic and suspicion exploited by a right-wing radio host.
As Rachel and Esa grapple to stop tensions shutting the case down entirely, all the time, someone is pointing Esa in another direction, a shadowy presence who anticipates his every move.
A Deadly Divide is a piercingly observed, gripping thriller that reveals the fractures that try to tear us all apart: from the once-tight partnership between detectives Esa and Rachel, to the truth about a deeply divided nation.
Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨