Author: Kia Abdullah

Publication Date: December 8, 2020

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Book Review

Take it Back by Kia Abdullah is a twisted courtroom thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Zara left her job as a high profile lawyer to help sexual assault victims at a sexual assault center. Jodie, a sixteen year old with physical deformities comes to Zara to tell her she was gang raped by four classmates. The boys are Muslims from well-respected family. They are attractive while Jodie is not. Zara believes Jodie from the first time she talks to her. Then Jodie starts changing her story. Zara keeps fighting for Jodie and justice. Zara is Muslim which leads to backlash in the Muslim community for her not supporting the boys. Nobody will leave the trial unscathed.

Take it Back grabbed my attention from the first page. I was trying to figure out what actually happened to Jodie. Jodie and Amir kept changing their stories. Neither of them is telling the whole truth, but what actually happened? I loved how Zara would do anything to get justice for Jodie. Even after Jodie starts changing her story, Zara is confident in Jodie’s original story. When Zara’s family and the Muslim community tries to get her to step down from the case she refuses. Jodie and Amir both sound believable and are very adamant that the other is lying. The ending was crazy. I loved how Abdullah made me question everything throughout the book.

I highly recommend Take It Back for fans of courtroom thrillers and anyone looking for a thriller that will make you think.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan Publishers for Take it Back.

About the Author

Kia Abdullah is an author and travel writer from London. Her novel Take It Back was 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 TimesThe GuardianThe Telegraph and The Times, and is the founder of Asian Booklist

Born in Tower Hamlets in East London, Kia was raised in a family of eight children. As the most stubborn of six daughters, she constantly found herself in trouble for making choices that clashed with her parents’, a habit they came to accept when she became their first and only child to graduate from university – with a degree in Computer Science.

In 2007, Kia left her job in tech to pursue the one thing she had always wanted: a career as a writer, taking a 50% pay cut in the process. She worked as sub-editor and later features editor at Asian Woman Magazine where she interviewed British-Asian luminaries like Riz Ahmed, Meera Syal, Nitin Sawnhey and Anoushka Shankar. 

Kia went on to join global publisher Penguin Random House where she helped grow digital readership at Rough Guides to over a million users per month. In 2014, she quit her day job to found Atlas & Boots, an outdoor travel blog now read by 250,000 people a month. 

Today, she splits her time between London and the Yorkshire Dales town of Richmond, and spends her time writing, hiking, mentoring pupils from Tower Hamlets and visiting far-flung destinations for Atlas & Boots.

Kia loves to travel, hates to cook and periodically highlights that, in actual fact, she is one of nine children (one passed away), making her Seven of Nine… which is cool but only if you’re a Star Trek fan… which she is.

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