The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother. Who accuses four boys of something unthinkable.
The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories.
Someone is lying.
Former barrister Zara Kaleel, one of London's brightest young legal minds, takes up Jodie Wolfe's case; she believes her, even if those closest to Jodie do not.
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?
Thanks to Lucy Richardson at HQ for the invite to be part of the blog tour and for my copy of the stunning new legal thriller, Take it Back by Kia Abdullah.
I have been hearing and seeing bits and pieces about the book on Social Media for a while now, so I was very pleased to get an invite to the tour and jumped at the chance at a review copy.
What struck me first is the premise of the book, Jodie a disfigured teenage girl is attacked by 4 boys from the immigrant community, to scared to tell the police and not believed by her alcoholic mother, she eventually tells all to Zara, an ex high-powered barrister, now working at a support centre for abused women, like Jodie.
Jodie and the boys are all very convincing characters, it was so difficult to know what to think, who to believe, so good is the writing.
Zara is a brilliant protagonist, while she is both brilliant and fearless, she is also a deeply troubled person, torn between 2 cultures, doing all she can to do the right thing and fighting for justice.
The Courtroom scenes are written excellently, in fact the whole story is.
This book will keep you guessing, changing your mind, supporting one character then the other, desperately turning the pages just to face another ram rod shock.
Very current, especially at the time we are now living in the UK, powerful, so deeply emotional, shocking and upsetting, it draws you in and doesn't let go until THE very last page.
Quite simply a stunning achievement by Kia Abdullah as she embraces the world we are in, British culture, Asian Culture and Teenage culture, seamlessly bonding them together, to deliver one of THE standout books of 2019.
A book I'm so pleased to have read, and the highest of Recommendations.