Writer: Sarah Sultoon
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publish Date: 19th January 2023
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is no utopia…
1996. Northern Israel. Lola leaves an unhappy home life in England for the fabled utopian life of a kibbutz, but this heavily guarded farming community on the Arab-Israeli border isn’t the idyll it seems, and tensions are festering.
Hundreds of miles away, in the Jerusalem offices of the International Tribune newspaper, all eyes are on Israel’s response to a spate of rocket attacks from Lebanon, until cub reporter Jonny Murphy gets a tip from a mysterious source that sends him straight into the danger zone.
When the body of an Arab worker is discovered in the dirt of the kibbutz chicken house, it triggers a series of events that puts Lola and the whole community in jeopardy, and Jonny begins to uncover a series of secrets that put everything at risk, as he begins to realise just how far some people will go to belong…
An intense political thriller with very real world scenarios!
A political landscape that we all know all too well. As a result, a tense atmosphere envelopes this book that Sarah Sultoon so excellently navigates.
Sarah Sultoon has a masterful ability to traverse through a complex political environment and create an incredibly intriguing and entertaining story. The story is split into two directions, two directions that are equally complex and varied. This keeps the storytelling fresh, both characters have very distinct journeys but ultimately these cross paths to bring the whole main story together.
The descriptive prowess of Sarah is magical in this novel, the ability to keep the descriptions of in and around the kibbutz fresh and enticing was superb considering the limited landscape and environment surrounding a small area. The descriptions of Jonny’s travels through the nation are equally brilliant.
Dirt is the latest thriller from the wonderful mind of Sarah Sultoon and those with a preference for a political/crime thriller are in for a real treat. Thank you Orenda Books and Anne at Random Things Book Tours for the ARC.