I was a little worried that Khaled Hosseini would not be able to live up to The Kite Runner with this, his second book. But I think this one is even better than his first masterpiece. The story of Mariam who is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul and forced to marry a man who is thirty years her senior is by turns horrific, compulsive and ultimately uplifting.
Can anybody have one favourite book? I’m not sure. Our tastes change over the years as we mature as readers, and what we enjoyed in our teens/early twenties may not quite hit the mark as we get older. However, some books endure and these are my favourite books so far, listed roughly in the order I first read them. With the exception of the first one, they are all still on my bookshelf.
This story of the disappearance of two little girls is told from multiple viewpoints over a sixteen hour period. I was hooked from the very first page and the tightly wound plot makes sure you keep turning the pages until it reaches its staggering climax. It is a master class in plotting and a very accomplished debut from the author.