This title has been on my radar for a while, and when I noticed it was coming up on the Pigeonhole to read, I just had to sign up for a place! Reading it over 10 days was so frustrating, but I really enjoyed it! Here’s my thoughts:
Take It Back – Kia Abdullah
Format – eBook (383 pages)
Publisher – HQ
Release Date – 8th August 2019
The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother. Who accuses four boys of something unthinkable.
The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories.
Someone is lying.
Former barrister Zara Kaleel, one of London’s brightest young legal minds, takes up Jodie Wolfe’s case; she believes her, even if those closest to Jodie do not.
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?
This book highlights so many important themes – victimisation, false testimony, discrimination, legal proceedings, media influences, gang cultures etc. All of this just made Take It Back feel like a very real prospect – as if it were really happening!
I really felt that I came to understand the characters, each with their own background, story, and personality, but part of me was never able to be 100% sure I could trust them. My suspicions as to where the case was leading and what the outcome would be continued to flip backwards and forwards which just goes to show how easily influenced we can become.
I think this story is very powerful, and should be read by anyone regardless of background, experiences, age (there’s a warning for explicit sexual content though!) because it really does make you look within yourself as to how you would evaluate such a shocking accusation.
I really hadn’t expected to get into this book as much as I did. Had I been able to read this book in one sitting then I absolutely would have, as waiting for the next day to come to know what happens next was constantly playing on my mind! I gave it a five star review on Goodreads.
To get in touch with the author, use @KiaAbdullah on socials to find her!
**Thank you the Author, and publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book via the Pigeonhole in exchange for an honest review.**
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