This is the third book I’ve read by Kia Abdullah and I think I might have to admit to a bit of an obsession.
Her books come from a completely different perspective to everybody else’s
She looks at multiple layers, giving characters equal weight, each developing their own prospective on what is happening through the story.
In this book two sisters Leila and Yasmin are close, both geographically and emotionally.
Leila is a successful Architect, a busy woman, who has had trouble starting a family and is living apart from her partner.
Yasmin is a happy family woman with a 3 year old son.
That is until one day Yasmins husband asks Laila to drop the boy off at day care because he’s had an urgent phone call from work.
The problem is, on the way to day care, Leila also gets an urgent phone call, and with the little boy asleep in a car seat behind her, she forgets he’s there, parks the car, and runs into the office.
It’s the hottest day of the year.
When Yasmin’s husband gets a welfare phone call asking why his son hasn’t been dropped off at day care he phones Laila immediately. Then she remembers the little boy is still in the car.
What follows is a compulsive story that looks at the family dynamics between the two sisters and their partners.
It looks at the blame, and guilt, it explores peoples hidden feelings, emotions, empathies, and guilts, or lack of.
Add into the mix a tenacious Detective Sergeant who just keeps digging and chipping away at everybody’s story and you have one hell of a book.
Is this a tragic accident caused by a busy lifestyle, or is it something more sinister.
Should somebody be officially blamed, and charged with the boys death.
Does anybody blame themselves, or more to the fact is there anybody who doesn’t.
The best thing about Kia Abdullah’s writing is the way it plays with your mind. This book like the previous two I’ve read had me changing allegiances time and time again.
The one thing that is also certain about her books is it ain’t over, till it’s over.
Pages: 384. Publisher: HQ Release Date: 2nd September 2021
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