Title: Take It Back
Author: Kia Abdullah
Sometimes it is hard to write a book review and this is one of those times. It is not because the story line and subsequent narrative are not well done. No, both are excellent and well written. The problem arises in trying to describe how I felt without giving away the plot and ending. The main character is a strong individual, who has succeeded in her chosen profession, and has given it up to work in an victim assistance organization. When the physically handicapped victim comes forward, with a shocking allegation, it rocks the close knit minority community and our main character's family. The conclusion will leave you, the reader, rethinking your moral values but encouraging the main character to stand her moral ground and do what's right.
The Victim: Jodie Wolfe, a physically flawed 16-year-old girl accuses four boys in her class of something unthinkable.
The Defendants: Four handsome teenagers from hard-working immigrant families, all with corroborating stories.
The Savior: Zara Kaleel, a former lawyer, one of London's brightest legal minds, takes on this case. She believes her client, even though those closest to her do not.
Together, they enter the most explosive criminal trial of the year, where the only thing that matters is justice for Jodie. But this time justice comes at a devastating cost.
About the Author
named one of the best thrillers of the year by The Guardian and Telegraph and was selected for an industry-first audio serialisation by HarperCollins and The Pigeonhole.
Kia has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph, and is the founder of Asian Booklist, a non-profit organisation that advocates for diversity in publishing.
Kia's next novel, Truth Be Told, is out on 3rd September 2020