Well hello there folks, welcome to the blog on my day of the Take It Back blog tour, I have been seeing this book everywhere, so you could imagine my excited self when the monthly HQ blogger email popped up and I managed to wrangle my way onto the tour. Thanks Lisa Richardson and HQ Stories for the glorious hardback copy to read in preparation. Take It Back is written by Kia Abdullah and it honestly has to be one of the most refreshing courtroom drama – crime thrillers that I’ve read in a while. If you think it’s an ‘up your street’ read, the hardback is available to order now here (it was published on the 8th of August.)
Kia Abdullah is an author and travel writer. She has contributed to The Guardian, BBC, and Channel 4 News, and most recently The New York Times commenting on a variety of issues affecting the Muslim community. Kia currently travels the world as one half of the travel blog Atlas & Boots, which receives over 200,000 views per month.
You can check out Kia’s website here: kiaabdullah.com
Whose side would you take?
Zara Kaleel, one of London’s brightest young legal minds, shattered the expectations placed on her by her family and forged a glittering career at the Bar. All before hanging up her barrister’s wig to help the victims who needed her most. Victims like Jodie Wolfe.
Jodie’s own best friend doesn’t even believe her claims that their classmates carried out such a crime. But Zara does. And Zara is determined to fight for her.
Jodie and Zara become the centre of the most explosive criminal trial of the year, in which ugly divisions within British society are exposed. As everything around Zara begins to unravel she becomes even more determined to get Jodie the justice she’s looking for. But at what price?
It’s the summer holidays, it’s been heatwave weather and this scorching hot crime / courtroom thriller had be chilled and completely engrossed. Fees the household sandwiches, make yourself a huge cup of coffee and settle down because Take It Back is an electrifyingly addictive read that you won’t want to put down.
The main female protagonist is Zara Kaleel a legal representative for sexual assault victims, she’s strong minded and stubborn, but underneath that hard exterior it is apparent that she has suffered from toxic events that has moulded the woman that she has become. When Jodie, a 16 year old girl with facial deformities walks into her office and accuses four boys of immigrant families of rape, her life is whirlwinded into a trial that has caused divisions amongst the British public.
Kia has taken a concept that hasn’t been used before, taking individual characters that are headlocked together over a shocking accusation that can only go one way, explosive is a complete understatement. With knowledge of culture and journalistic experience, Kia Abdullah has penned a novel that is not only authentic in terms of police procedure and some community ties, but she’s also managed to get the exact right level of tension and mystery. Take It Back is the perfect example of how a court thriller – drama should be done, every character has a luring level of depth that you can connect with on some personal level. The storyline is written from a multitude of perspectives that both brightens the corners of the plot, without giving too much away. For me, Take It Back was a perfect read that I couldn’t help but get engrossed in. It left me with chewed nails and after shock, it unravels a the perfect pace and those little gritty details that are included, especially in terms of Zara and her family life, pushed this book up to a full 5 star read for me. Which side will you choose?
Thanks to HQ for the opportunity to review this incredible thriller, as well as Kia for writing it and keeping me distracted from the overbearing heatwave weather!
Now you, yes you, go grab yourself a copy! If you’ve already read it, let me know what you thought! Make sure to catch up on the blog tour posts from some great bloggers with #TakeItBack.
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Loved this review!! Your insights are so valuable and your enthusiasm infectious!