The Egyptologist

A Novel The Egyptologist: A Novel by Arthur Phillips
My review
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Egyptologist is a fascinating look at the trust we, as readers, place in our narrators. The novel spins a tale of intrigue in Egypt around the 1920s, led by our trusty Egyptologist, Ralph M. Trillipush. But as we soon come to learn, he may not be as trustworthy as we first though. But then, neither is our second narrator, or rather, letter writer, as Arthur Phillips unwinds the story through correspondences sent by the two. It’s an approach that was vaguely similar to The Historian’s, but executed much more effectively. The second narrator is an aging Australian detective who recounts his version of the events, often in stark contrast with Ralph’s version. From the opening pages of the book, especially the mysterious Egyptian King’s cartouche, you realize that something is amiss, and the story wonderfully unfolds to a fascinating ending. Many readers may figure out the mystery about midway through the book, but it was well worth seeing through to the end.
Next up is The Zero by Jess Walter.