A fast-paced thriller that exposes the truth behind Britain’s darkest secret.
About the book
Farah is a young lawyer living and working in London. She’s just ended a long relationship, and her parents are looking for a husband – whether Farah wants one or not. So far, so normal. But at a work dinner, hosted by a dangerously powerful man, she comes across a young woman called Razia, who Farah soon realises is being kept as a domestic slave.
We follow Farah’s daring investigations from the law courts of London to the brick kilns of Lahore, as she begins to uncover the traps that keep generation after generation enslaved. Everywhere she turns there is deep-rooted oppression and corruption, and when the authorities finally intervene, their actions have dire consequences.
Farah teams up with a human rights lawyer, Ali, and the two become close… but can she trust him; can they help Razia and others like her; and will they ever discover the explosive secret behind these tragic events?
In Razia, Abda Khan brings us a fast-paced and multi-layered thriller, which exposes the truths behind some very, very dark secrets.
The author is a lawyer and campaigner who works with victims of domestic violence and she has written Razia with a voice of knowledge, which added to the reading experience for me.
There are themes of pain, romance, fear, humiliation and vengeance running through the entire book. It is non-stop and I really didn’t want to put it down.
The story seems well-researched and it is very believable and real. It combines years of research with the pace and intrigue of a character-driven thriller. It really wrenches on the heart and highlights the issues and intricacies of domestic slavery. The Home Office estimates that there are currently around 13,000 slaves in the UK, though other sources suggest this is a gross underestimate and, after reading Razia, I’d feel that those other sources are probably correct in their thinking, which is devastating.
This novel is published to coincide with World Day against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July and I really, really hope it is read far and wide and receives the attention it deserves.
Thank you Anne Cater for my copy of the this book in return for an honest review.
About the author
Abda Khan is a lawyer and campaigner who works with victims of domestic violence, and was Highly Commended in the 2017 NatWest Asian Women of Achievement Awards in the Arts and Culture category.
She was born in Bradford in 1969 to Pakistani immigrant parents, and she now lives and works in the West Midlands. Her first novel, Stained, was published in 2016, and described by Booklist as ‘a contemporary Tess of the d’Urbervilles’.