Take It Back: A Novel (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author

KIA ABDULLAH is a novelist and travel writer from London. Her books include Truth Be Told and Take It Back. She has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Times of London, and The Telegraph and is the founder of Asian Booklist, a nonprofit organization that helps readers discover new books by British Asian authors.

Praise For…

"Completely original...a shocking legal thriller that goes where few legal thrillers have gone before...stunning." —New York Times Book Review

"Sex, race and social justice collide in this twisting courtroom thriller." —USA Today

"A fast-paced courtroom drama, Take It Back by Kia Abdullah asks tough questions about race, class, and gender while keeping you guessing until the (truly shocking) last page." —Real Simple

"Riveting, thought-provoking legal thriller... Abdullah is definitely a writer to watch." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Abdullah has done an exemplary job of character development and is especially good at ratcheting up suspense as the trial proceeds." —Booklist, starred review

"A propulsive read with an unpredictable finale." —Air Mail

"A thought-provoking and sparklingly intelligent novel, with the welcome bonus of an unguessable ending." —The Telegraph

"A superb legal thriller that fairly crackles with tension." —The Guardian

"Intense, shocking and so real you can literally feel its heartbeat." —Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250273017
ISBN-10: 1250273013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: December 8th, 2020
Pages: 304
Language: English