Gazelle in the Shadows – Michelle Peach

Had to throw in some political thriller for the TBR to end off July!

Thanks to the author for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.


Here’s the synopsis:

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.


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

I’ll start out by saying that the author’s background definitely shines through in this book! I was amazed reading through her list of occupations and studies – her knowledge really helped add another element to GAZELLE IN THE SHADOWS. I love thrillers/suspense novels and especially when combined with a little political espionage. I know that can deter some people, but it’s not the main focus of the story.

Elizabeth Booth is studying Arabic at Durham University and to further her education and add to her experience, she is sent to Damascus. Everything that seems fun and exciting about her new surroundings slowly starts to fall away and she finds herself stuck in a web of mistrust, deceit, and even worse.

This book moves at a good pace and Elizabeth slowly becomes a more fleshed out and complex character. Definitely a book I was able to get through quickly. The book does have diary entries sprinkled in between chapters, which was an interesting addition.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started, but I loved the journey and like I mentioned, the experience and knowledge of the author shines through and made it that much more enjoyable for me. I kind of teetered between 3.5 and 4 stars for a little on this one, but I think the personal touch to this book gave it that upper hand!


What do you think of books that are full of the author’s own knowledge or professional experiences?



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