Take It Back by Kia Abdullah is a fast paced contemporary crime thriller that will consume and horrify. Kia Abdullah is a fantastic author grabbing the reader’s attention from the start. She writes in such a powerful way that the storyline feels realistic and totally believable.
Set in multicultural London there are tensions within the local population which escalate during the trial. Hatred rises to the surface as revenge is sought.
Part of the novel is set in a courtroom. Here there is the question of trust. Who is telling the truth? Who is lying? How will the jury decide?
The press prowl around like a pack of hyenas, refusing to take no for an answer.
A committed female lawyer fights for the underdog, risking losing her family and respect as well as angering her religious community. She is a likable character who has her own demons to fight.
Take It Back was a hard hitting novel. It was not a pleasant read but it was a powerful one and excellently written. I read it in just one sitting clinging on to the end – and wow what an ending it was! No way did I spot that one coming. It would make a fabulous BBC drama.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
A word of caution: Take It Back was a novel with adult themes and language that some readers may not like. If you read to escape or are easily offended by content, then this is not the novel for you.