Take it Back by Kia Abdullah

It’s my stop on the #blogtour for Take it Back by Kia Abdullah today and I’m SO excited about it!  There has been so much hype surrounding this book, and I’m here to say:  Believe it.  Buy it. You won’t regret it!



The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother. Who accuses the boys of something unthinkable.

The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories.

Whose side would you take?

Zara Kaleel, one of London’s brightest young legal minds, shattered the expectations placed on her by her family and forged a glittering career at the Bar. All before hanging up her barrister’s wig to help the victims who needed her most. Victims like Jodie Wolfe.

Jodie’s own best friend doesn’t even believe her claims that their classmates carried out such a crime. But Zara does. And Zara is determined to fight for her.

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?


My Thoughts

This dark, sharp and disconcerting novel had me on edge for the entire two days it took to read it.  I was totally hooked from the first page and completely clueless as to who to believe until the very end.

Zara, the main protagonist, is forward and clever but finds herself caught up in violent clashes of culture, where battle lines are drawn but remain blurred.  She deals with hatred, fear and divisive situations whilst always trying to do what she thinks is right.  This story has heart-pounding pace and is uncomfortably conflicting; I was gripped by both the meticulous research and the painfully unsettling layers of evidence as they unfolded.

Abdullah’s writing is complex yet lucid, she delivers shocking twists like electrical pulses; in bursts with sheer power.  I was utterly captivated and read with baited breath, this book is compelling.

Take it Back is a crushingly intense, powerful and twisted novel that will have you on tenterhooks until the very last page.  Clear your diaries for when you pick it up, I promise you won’t be able to put it down!

This is a serious contender for my book of the year, which is a big shout, given my penchant for indecisiveness!  I urge you all to read it.

My thanks go to Lucy Richardson and HQ Stories for the invitation to the #blogtour and my stunning finished copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Take It Back is out now in hardcover and ebook format and you can buy it here

If you enjoyed my review, please do check out my other posts and the other stops on the #blogtour.

Until next time!



Published by Mrs Cooke

👩🏽‍💻📚I read and shout 📣 about books 👯‍♀️owner of 2 book-loving Littles 🌳village dweller ✍️stationery fiend 🍸gin enthusiast 📩DM for reviews etc 💌

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