Super excited to be starting the Blog tour for A killing sin by K.H.Irvine; I was super intrigue when I read the blurb as this is the kind of novel that I am interested in, especially as I have a new acquired taste for thrillers/crime. I was also interested to see how such a controversial and sensitive topic would be approached.
Year Of Publication: 04/07/2019
Publisher: Urbane Publications
My rating: 4 stars
[BLURB] Would you surrender your secrets to save a life?
London. It could be tomorrow. Amala Hackeem, lapsed Muslim tech entrepreneur and controversial comedian, dons a burqa and heads to the women’s group at the Tower Hamlets sharia community. What is she doing there? Ella Russell, a struggling journalist leaves home in pursuit of the story of her life. Desperate for the truth, she is about to learn the true cost of the war on terror. Millie Stephenson, a university professor and expert in radicalisation arrives at Downing Street to brief the Prime Minister and home secretary. Nervous and excited she finds herself at the centre of a nation taken hostage. And then it gets personal. Friends since university, by the end of the day the lives of all three women are changed forever. They will discover if friendship truly can survive secrets and fear.
A young journalist [Ellie], a university professor expert in radicalization, [Millie] and a comedian/entrepreneur [Amala] get their lives intertwined with a female jihadist involved in a terror plot. The reader gets to meet these women during the course of their normal life until things go wrong.
The setting is very interesting and relevant: post Brexit England and I felt it was very well portrayed. This backdrop opened up a discussion around Islamic extremism and the racial profiling that comes out of stringent security measures; it worked really well because it made me feel anger, sadness, indignation, sympathy and frustration.
The writing was engaging and kept me interested to flip the pages and find what happens next. I did struggle sometimes with the chapter jumps as my brain is easily confused by the fragmented structure, although I can tell it was done for tension effect. I connected with the characters and I was surprised by the plot twists; but most of all, it was a book that made me think. There were a few plot holes here and there, but nothing that absolutely hindered my enjoyment of this book.
About the author:
K.H. Irvine grew up in Scotland and now lives near London. The book was her 50th birthday gift to herself, believing you are never too old to try something new. Her work has taken her to board rooms, universities and governments all over the world and has included up close and personal access to special forces. A Killing Sin is her first book. The second follows on a few years later as Britain moves to civil unrest with the rise of the far right as the personal and political become intertwined.
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