The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon

Setting: Jordan
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Penguin/GP Putnam
Release Date: June 27, 2017

Military wives Cassie and Margaret are in Jordan after their husbands receive assignments bringing them to the Middle Eastern country. Cassie knows the drill and understands the rules. As she has more experience, she's asked to help Margaret learn safe behaviors in the country. Margaret sees her move to Jordan as being a way to explore a new country and experience everything there is to experience.

The story starts with a car crash. As a woman driver, Margaret is blamed as the cause. She must go pay the fine. She asks Cassie to watch her toddler while she takes care of it. Cassie is shocked when Margaret never returns.

As the women's husbands are currently in Italy, it's up to Cassie to care for the young boy while also trying to figure out what happened to Margaret. A hidden diary may offer all the clues Cassie needs to discover that Margaret was not who she appeared to be.

I immediately got the sense that a lot of research went into this novel. The Confusion of Languages pulled me in and opened my eyes. The characters have a lot of depth. I may not always like what they said or what they did, but I do feel that naivety played a part and was very realistic, especially in Margaret's case.

The ending surprised me, and I appreciated that. There was nothing predictable here. While this wasn't a book I normally would pick to read, I am so glad I did. It was fascinating.


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