I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I actually only put it down to sleep because the story was so compelling. As I described the story to a friend, he was surprised I would like it so much. That is because there are descriptions of events that are both frightening and brutal. The author doesn't dwell long on the gory details, but gives you just enough so that you have a sense of both the lavishness and trials of lives of Saudi royal women. The result, although a bit too tidy in places, compels you to read on.
I truly feel as if I've been given a fair and accurate look into the Saudi Arabian recent past, as described through a female member of the royalty. This book portrays a timeline from the 70's - 90's and heavily describes day to day life for women, both privledged and not. There is plenty of bad, mixed with good and hope.
Didn't know if I really wanted to read this but after the first few pages, couldn't put it down. My Western mind couldn't get around some of the things that happened. This is, after all, the 21st century. Fascinating! Will be reading the next book in the series for sure.
Unbelievable story written by a woman who grew up in--and eventually fled--Saudi Arabia. Reads like an adventure novel, except it is real. Could not put it down!
I was completely engrossed by this book. It is riveting. I could not believe how things really were over there. It is a must read if you are at all interested in the middle east or how women are treated.