With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

December 10, 2020

Take it Back

Take it Back

by Kia Abdullah

Published December 8, 2020
by St. Martin’s Press

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Legal Thriller

From author Kia Abdullah, Take It Back is a harrowing and twisting courtroom thriller that keeps you guessing until the last page is turned.

One victim.

Four accused.

Who is telling the truth?

Zara Kaleel, one of London’s brightest legal minds, shattered the expectations placed on her by her family and forged a brilliant legal career. But her decisions came at a high cost, and now, battling her own demons, she has exchanged her high profile career for a job at a sexual assault center, helping victims who need her the most. Victims like Jodie Wolfe.

When Jodie, a sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, accuses four boys in her class of an unthinkable crime, the community is torn apart. After all, these four teenage defendants are from hard-working immigrant families and they all have proven alibis. Even Jodie’s best friend doesn’t believe her.

But Zara does—and she is determined to fight for Jodie—to find the truth in the face of public outcry. And as issues of sex, race and social justice collide, the most explosive criminal trial of the year builds to a shocking conclusion.

Author Bio
KIA ABDULLAH is an author and travel writer. She has contributed to The Guardian, BBC, Channel 4 News, and The New York Times. Kia currently travels the world as one half of the travel blog Atlas & Boots, which receives over 200,000 views per month.

My Thoughts

I have never finished a book and started sobbing at the end… until now. Take it Back is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Definitely my favorite book of 2020! My heart broke for several characters at several places throughout the book. My jaw dropped over and over again! I love that the story is told from various characters’ perspectives. Every time I was reading Jodie, I believed her. When I was reading the boys, I believed them. My mind was spinning in the best way possible.
What a phenomenal author able to yank me into a country and religion I am not accustomed to and make me understand and love and yet still manage to make it a thriller without making it political. I would give a zillion stars if I could. It’s honestly THAT good. I can’t wait to read everything else Kia writes!

Stephanie Cooper
Stephanie Cooper


One comment on “Take it Back

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    Awesome review. It makes me want to read the book.

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