Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Deadly Divide by Ausma Zehanat Khan! Thank you to Random Things Tours for my spot on the tour. Check out my review and let me know what you think in the comments.
In a town full of secrets, who can you trust?
In the aftermath of a mass shooting in a mosque, small town tensions run high. Clashes between the Muslim community and a local faction of radical white nationalists are escalating, but who would have motive and opportunity to commit such a devastating act of violence?
Detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty from Canada’s Community Policing Unit are assigned to this high- profile case and tasked to ensure the extremely volatile situation doesn’t worsen. But when leaked CCTV footage exposes a shocking piece of evidence, both sides of the divide are enraged.
As Khattak and Getty work through a mounting list of suspects, they realise there’s far more going on in this small town than anyone first thought…
A Deadly Divide by Asuma Zehanat Khan is a relevant, perfectly paced mystery with some very heavy themes. While this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone with no issues…other than making your TBR grow when you realize you want to read more from Khan!
The characters are awesome. Particularly Esa and Rachel. They are very well rounded and though this is a series, it’s clear these characters can still grow. I think that’s important in a novel. One downside, was that it was a bit tricky to get used to the names and the switching back and forth in the chapters. It does get easier as the book goes on though, so keep going if you’re reading!
With heavy themes of racial, political and cultural issues, A Deadly Divide is relevant for all of us. What’s great is that, though there are these themes, this novel also keeps you on your feet with the mystery. I wasn’t able to piece it all together until the end and was satisfied with the conclusion.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to reading more from Khan.
*I received a free copy of this book from Random Things Tour in exchange for an honest review to be posted during the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Ausma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a specialisation in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She has practised immigration law and taught human rights law at Northwestern University and York University.
Formerly, she served as Editor in Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine to reflect the lives of young Muslim women. Her debut novel, The Unquiet Dead, won the Barry Award, the Arthur Ellis Award and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Novel. It is followed by The Language of Secrets, Among the Ruins and No Place of Refuge in the Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty mystery series. She is a longtime community activist and writer. Born in Britain, Ausma lived in Canada for many years before recently becoming an American citizen. She lives in Colorado with her husband.
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