A respected physician in Cordoba, Spain, receives a mysterious phone call-a request to attend to the ailing daughter of a wealthy but secretive family in Madrid. What seems to be a routine house call quickly turns into a disturbing labyrinth of intrigue and mystery, and a fight for the girl's life. The outcome of that battle will impact the doctor-and the journalist interviewing him-in ways neither imagined.
Set against the unstable political climate of General Franco's Spain in the 1940's and based on a bizarre real-life incident that remains unsolved to this day, "Verse in Arabic" twists medical ethics and psychosocial tyranny into a cord that pulls at your heart from both ends.
"Verse in Arabic" has been named a finalist in the 2013 Press 53 Open Awards.
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This novella was a delightful read. The plot is well established. The creepy, important details were perfectly inserted. The ending just as mysterious as the beginning. The primary characters were also interesting. I was amazed at the ease with which the journalist interviewed the convicted doctor, however, as the reader is sucked deeper into the story, it became clear why the journalist was so at ease. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that likes shorty, creepy mysteries. I received a free copy of Verse in Arabic in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
A Mysterious Mystery I love mysteries, especially ones that have an interesting plot and mysterious characters. When I read the description of Verse in Arabic, I thought it would be a captivating story. I was not disappointed. The story is told by a doctor who is being interviewed by a journalist. The doctor recounts the events that led to his being jailed for the last 21 years for murdering a young woman in cold blood. He describes being threatened and then manipulated to treat this girl while being restricted in time and resources. The doctor admits to inadvertently killing her, but I found that the motivation for entrapping the doctor was not obvious. As a bonus, there is a section in the book called the Story Seed. It describes the author’s inspiration and how she came to write the book. The event that led to the book has no ending, so that might be why Verse in Arabic has no clear ending. I always love learning about how someone comes up with an idea for a story and the journey they take in completing a book. I am looking forward to reading Brigitte Rasine’s other books. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review