Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein

Page Brookstone is an American archeologist who has been working in Israel for the past decade. She loves her job excavating a dig in Megiddo but is in a slump in life. She is also in a rather uncomfortable situation with one of her co-workers and his feelings for her, and is stressed about it. So when a Palestenian couple, Ibrahim and Naima, approach her with a ghost story curiousity gets the better of her and she ends up investigating their claims on her day off. To her surprise, she finds a coffin containing two intertwined skeletons and a scroll written by a female scribe named Anatiya. She quickly becomes immersed in her discovery and risks her career when she leaves Megiddo and begins work on her intriguing find.

I found some of the content in this book to be very interesting. I loved the parts dealing with the ghost story and archeology itself - the excavating, the mystery and thrill of the find. But at the same time I wasn't very thrilled with Page as a character. I found her to be annoying and immature for a 40ish year old professional. I also enjoyed learning of the prophet Jeremiah, but how much is fact and/or fiction is unknown to me. Ms. Klein does mention that she wrote the fictional Scroll of Anatiya to coincide with the life of Jeremiah as if Anatiya were a woman who lived along with and loved the prophet. I only mention this because the author quotes directly from the scroll at the start of each chapter.

I can't say I'd recommend this as I didn't love it, but if you are interested in learning about the Prophet Jeremiah or an archeological mystery then you might want to check this one out.


Erotic Horizon said...

I do have this one, as one of the next set of book to be read - i was caught up in the blurb, but from your thoughts clearly there are some issues with the character...

I'll let you know once I've had a go.

Thanks for your round up.


Lisa (Southern Girl Reads) said...

I had been wanting to read this and I still might, however, I appreciate your honest review and will consider it a while longer.

Gwendolyn B. said...

This is coming up in my review pile. From your remarks, it sounds as though readers might experience what they often did with "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" and "The Devlin Diary." Many readers preferred the historic parts of the books and had difficulties liking the modern day heroine. Could this be a new trend?

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