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  • Take It Back

    In Take It Back author Kia Abdullah gives the reader two main female characters with some of their back stories to show how they arrived at this point in time together. Some British courtroom scenes in this "she said" they said story. Looking forward to reading more by this author. I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an early copy to read.

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  • Cruel and sensitive situations, but well written

    Who can you believe? Four boys accused of rape and put on trial, and stories that don’t match Jodie's the victim. Jodie has a facial deformity that even her mother can’t face and continually brings it up as the reason they live in poverty. Her mother is cruel. As you read and follow the trial, you don't know who to believe. I trusted and believed Jodie, but didn't like her friend Nina. She seemed shady and not loyal to Jodie.. Not sure if I believed the boys. I felt bad for Zara, the case worker and attorney, because the public ridiculed her along with her client. You won't want to stop reading because you want to find out what really happened and who was telling the truth. There are some sensitive and cruel situations, but this thriller has a non-stop pulse to it. TAKE IT BACK is a tense, high interest, well-written thriller. TAKE IT BACK is a very powerful, thoughtful book that will stay with you. 5/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Fascinating legal thriller

    This legal thriller was a fascinating read. Zara, the lead character was multifaceted and compelling. She is a Muslim woman but somewhat estranged from her community by her behavior. Having left her arranged marriage, she has a top career as a prestigious attorney. She leaves her firm and takes a job with a rape referral center. She is not the most stable person as she is somewhat scarred by what she has been through in her life. Her newest client Jodie is facially deformed and has been gang raped by four Muslim boys. These boys are her schoolmates and have come from nice stable families. The book goes into each character in depth to form a psychological profile. The subjects of rape and community pressure while uncomfortable are delved into quite deeply. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Lots of Layers

    This was an excellent read on multiple levels. It's a fascinating legal thriller with many twists and turns - it kept me guessing as to who was telling the truth, right up until the last few pages. It's also rich with thought-provoking commentary on social and cultural divides - even within families. It's the first in a series about Zara Kaleel, a bright young lawyer who left a promising career to work at a center that provides aid to victims of sexual assault. She's an interesting, flawed character and I'm on the lookout for the next book in the series once it's been released in the US. Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing a copy for an unbiased review.

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