'An instantly gripping page-turner' Sunday Independent Life Magazine
'A hugely engaging novel from a talented new writer' John Boyne
**Shortlisted for Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2021**
A young woman's body floats in the Dubai marina. Her death alters the fates of six people, each one striving for a better life in an unforgiving city.
A young Irish man comes to stay with his sister, keen to erase his troubled past in the heat of the Dubai sun. A Russian sex worker has outsmarted the system so far - but will her luck run out? A Pakistani taxi driver dreams of a future for his daughters. An Emirate man hides the truth about who he really is. An Ethiopian maid tries to carve out a path of her own.
From every corner of the globe, Dubai has made promises to them all. Promises of gilded opportunities and bright new horizons, the chance to forget the past and protect long-held secrets.
But Dubai breaks its promises, with deadly consequences. In a city of mirages, how do you find your way out?
'A really fantastic read' Sinead Moriarty
'As a writer he has a talent for subtle observation . . . a promising first novel' Sunday Independent
Readers love Diving for Pearls
***** 'An absolutely brilliant book, the setting of Dubai making this story into something quite unique.'
***** 'An excellent read . . . the ending felt like a true reflection of real life.'
***** 'A sinister and claustrophobic atmosphere quietly simmers throughout, which kept me enthralled.'