Saturday, December 22, 2012

Book Review: Desperate in Dubai by Ameera Al Hakawati

On the jacket:


Oozing with men, money, and Maseratis, Dubai is the ultimate playground for the woman who knows her Louboutins from her Louis Vuittons. But for some, there's a lot more at stake than a Hermes Birkin. Leila has been in search of a wealthy husband for over a decade. Nadia moves to Dubai to support her husband s career, only to have her sacrifices thrown in her face. 

Sugar escapes the UK in an attempt to escape her past. Lady Luxe, the rebellious Emirati heiress, scoffs at everything her culture holds sacred. Until the day her double life starts unravelling at the seams. Set against a backdrop of luxury hotels and manmade islands, Desperate in Dubai tells the tale of four desperate women as they struggle to find truth, love, and themselves.

Review:

I am a fan of Jean Sasson's books which are set in the middle east. I picked up Desperate in Dubai, thinking it is on the same line.

It would be wrong to say that Desperate in Dubai didn't disappoint me. The story is slow and it seemed like a loosely-scripted version of Desperate Housewives. 

The story revolves around four women in Dubai, their frustrations, their sadness, and their happinesses. The characters do get confusing at times because all four lives are entwined. The book throws lives of Emiratis; i.e. the people living in UAE/Dubai. The ease with which one of the girls, Lady Luxe, shifts between a night slut to a day time coy Muslim girl is a little hard to digest. Again, what kind of a name is Lady Luxe? Doesn't fit in to a Muslim family at all.

I'd heard that Depserate in Dubai was banned and then re-banned in Dubai. Seriously, it's not that sensational either. None of the women have any ambition than maybe having multiple partners, finding a rich groom or saving their marriage. No way does it depict a modern women in real sense. For women who lead comparatively restricted lives, one would have thought that they yearn for a real life.

Good for maybe an in-flight read, Desperate in Dubai didn't really do much for me.

Rating: ***/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]



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