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  • Hard hitting

    This is a very intelligent and thought provoking story told with empathy and realism. It tackles several taboos with a sensitive narrative and leaves lots of space for readers to consider different viewpoints. Despite the subject matter this doesn’t make for excessively uncomfortable reading, the story is more around the issue of implied consent and neither potential outcome at trial would have been either right nor wrong such is the ambiguity of the situation. The ending was a gut punch which just left you with debating who were the victims in all of this.

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  • Brilliant!

    One word to describe this book: brilliant! What a strong and thought-provoking book! Once again Kia Abdullah impressed me with her writing skills. She writes with great confidence, maturity and great knowledge of human nature. The storyline and its development is very engaging and the dialogues are terrific. On her excellent debut, “Take it Back”, the protagonist defended a girl who was raped by 4 Muslins boys. In this book the protagonist defends a Muslim boy who claims to have been raped by a white boy. Goodness! The implications! And the “taboo”of male rape! I just did not want to stop reading this fascinating drama. And that twist at end was absolutely brilliant. I can hardly wait for her next book.

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  • Powerful & Gritty

    Kia Abdullah has written a superb, powerful and intelligent psychological thriller and courtroom drama about male rape. Encompassing culture, religion, family, wealth, and stereotypical views, this was an unsettling and uncompromising read, and the author continued to impress with her incredibly well-executed storytelling. Having read Take It Back I was excited to get stuck into Truth Be Told and I was really thrilled with the story as it felt all too real and authentic. This superb, multi-layered thriller really packed a punch with its clever, excellent plot, sharp commentary and plenty of suspense and drama to interest the reader. This made for a disquieting reading experience at times but was all the more compelling for it. I particularly liked Kia Abdullah's first-rate and skilful character creation, many of whom I was absorbed in, no matter what particular traits they possessed. I was especially pleased to see the return of assault counsellor Zara Kaleel with her torments and problematic life. Emotional and often disturbing, Truth Be Told kept me on my toes and fully entertained all the way through. I found my thoughts constantly changing, as mulled over the moral dilemmas and rights and wrongs of the courtroom case, resulting in a tense and unpredictable read. If you are a fan of atypical psychological thrillers, challenging story-lines and courtroom dramas, you don't want to miss Truth Be Told! I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from HQ via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Truth Be Told

    Was interesting and covered taboo subjects that really need to be brought out in the real world. Why 3 stars is just that it didn't catch my total interest. I prefer stories that keep my interest going all through the story, this did not. This was not my usual genre just wanted to try something different. If this is your usual genre you will love it.

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  • Fantastic read

    What a great read. I love John Grisham books and this was up there in my opinion. Can't wait to read another of Kia 's books

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