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I do love Fridays, especially when there’s the promise of good books and sunshine…well up here with the way the weather goes, it may be summer but the sun sometimes forgets to make an appearance!  Today I am delighted to share a review of a book that is part of a superb series, the “Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty” series set in Canada.  The Language of Secrets is written by Ausma Zehanat Khan and has the sort of writing that will move a reader, haunt them and undoubtedly keep them hooked until the very final word!

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** My thanks to Katherine at No Exit Press for my copy of this book **

 

Description:

AN UNDERCOVER INFORMANT HAS BEEN MURDERED… BUT WHOSE SIDE WAS HE ON?

TORONTO: A local terrorist cell is planning an attack on New Year’s Day. For months, Mohsin Dar has been undercover, feeding information back to Canada’s national security team. Now he’s dead.

Detective Esa Khattak, compromised by his friendship with the murdered agent, sends his partner Rachel Getty into the unsuspecting cell. As Rachel delves deeper into the unfamiliar world of Islam and the group’s circle of trust, she discovers Mohsin’s murder may not be politically motivated after all. Now she’s the only one who can stop the most devastating attack the country has ever faced.

The Unquiet Dead author Ausma Zehanat Khan once again dazzles with a brilliant mystery woven into a profound and intimate story of humanity.

My Thoughts & Review:

The Language of Secrets is the second book in the Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty series, a series that I discovered last year and was immediately beguiled by it.  This series is one that challenges the reader’s perceptions and provides superbly intelligent writing that gives pause for thought.

For those new to this series, I would recommend picking up a copy of The Unquiet Dead, the back story of Khattak and Getty makes much more sense once you’ve read the first book and of course, when writing is as good as this then why deprive yourself?
There’s a wonderful connection between these two characters, and having watched it develop and grow since the first book in the series, it was fantastic to see how it evolved and how their working relationship grew.  The details of Getty’s personal life add another layer to her character and I really found it enjoyable to spend more time getting to know more about her after the events of the previous book.
Each of the characters in this book brings their own baggage to the plot which makes for a book that comes alive in your hands and reads like a film reel running through your head.

Khan has a genuine talent when writing topics that require sensitivity, her confidence never seems to waver when dealing with topics that others may shy away from.  She neither sensationalises or belittles the themes woven into her books and for this I am very grateful.  There were some aspects of the plot that I found so genuinely interesting and fascinating that I went to find out more when I finished reading, and once again I found the cultural details in the narrative really interesting and felt they added an authenticity to the book.
The tension woven throughout is absolutely perfect, it slowly creeps up on the reader, building steadily to the point that it will be almost impossible to put the book down.

An astounding addition to the Khattak and Getty series and one I would heartily recommend!

You can buy a copy of The Language of Secrets via:

Amazon UK
No Exit Press (The Publisher)

 

 

 

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