Book Reviews

Take It Back – Book Review

  • Title: Take It Back
  • Author: Kia Abdullah
  • Published: 8th August 2019
  • Publisher: Harlequin, Harper Collins UK
  • Rating: 5/5

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK for an e arc of this book.

Normally the crime books I read are less courtroom more tension building and action based. The description of this book is what first drew me in.

A warning that this book contains descriptions of rape and sexual assault; and instances of bullying, racism and sexism.

Zara is one of our main characters. She is strong and confident. Coming from a strong Muslim family, who want her to follow in their example, their traditions. She quits her major law career to do something meaningful, and to make change, she begins work at a sexual assault referral centre (SARC)

Jodie has had facial deformities since birth and has suffered through bullying all her life. She accuses four popular Muslim boys of rape, her best friend and mother do not believe her, and yet she wants to carry on fighting for justice.

The book delicately tackles the subject of rape, while creating an engaging story. It is very much a case of she said they said, and you never know just quite, who is telling the truth until the very end. There is more to the story than the assault. The book also looks at issues of racism, sexism, oppression in religion and media sensationalism. It is a difficult story to read at times, it is gritty and dark, and the author does enough to make it an emotional read as well.

We see the story from different characters perspectives, while they are short compared to the main characters, it offers an insight into their own lives and the pressures they face and add more depth to each character.

I think this book is important, it shows not only how something like this affects the abused but the people around them, the people involved in trail and how the general public takes, quite decisive, sides and how ruthless the press and media can be. It is very reflective of today’s society.

Normally it takes me several days to get through a book, I finished this is just two; I could not put it down and was compelled to finish the story. This is a genuine five star read and would thoroughly recommend it, it is not for the faint hearted though.

If you are in the UK, you can find help and advice by going to the NHS website here. You can find a list of worldwide organisations here.

The book can be found on Amazon and you can read more about it and other reviews on Goodreads. Please also see it on the Harper Collins UK website.

Until next time, Lou x

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