Book Review: Take It Back

TAKE IT BACK | Kia Abdullah
06.2020 (12.2020 in US) | HQ
Rating: 5/5 stars


The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by her alcoholic mother. She has accused her classmates of rape.

The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from immigrant families. All tell the same story.

Someone is lying.


TAKE IT BACK is the first installment in Kia Abdullah’s series about Zara Kaleel, one of London’s brightest legal minds who works for Artemis House where she defends victims of sexual assault. She is the epitome of a dedicated, committed, badass lawyer. Zara has been assigned to Jodie Wolfe’s case. This teenage girl has faced many hardships in her young life due to her physical appearance and the neglect she receives from her alcoholic mother. She shows up at Zara’s office describing a horrific sexual assault by four peers. What unfolds from here is a master class on a roller coaster of emotions that Abdullah expertly crafts.

I was absolutely blown away by this book! I walked in thinking this would be another legal thriller and closed the last page in awe and with tears in my eyes. This book hit me hard. I should have known this was going to happen when the first chapter knocked me off my feet. It’s hard to describe the way this book takes you on a journey without giving anything away, but just brace yourself. There’s tension, distrust, sorrow, anger, and a million other emotions. Long story short…read this one immediately!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

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