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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 ...more
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Published July 11th 2019 by Unbound
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Cathy
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Farah is an interesting character. There’s a dichotomy in that she’s a successful, independent woman pursuing a career as a lawyer but nevertheless feels the need to consider an arranged marriage in order to meet the expectations of her family and cultural heritage. I have to say that some of Farah’s actions did seem a little naive at times but one couldn’t help admire her determination to help Razia.

When later in the book Farah travels to Pakistan, the author allows the reader to see, through F
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Meredith Rankin
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
At times, I wish I could turn off my internal writing editor. While the book was mostly well-written, there were passages filled with things writers are told are cliched no-no’s. Opening with a description of the weather, for example. Backstory dumps given before we care (or even know) the characters. A long, pointless commute when the character reminisces about the past. The overuse of adverbs. Describing–overdescribing–every character’s physical appearance when that person shows up for the fir ...more
Maggie Boyd
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slavery. It’s easy to assume it’s no longer an issue since it’s been banned in Western countries but the fact is, slavery is an ongoing issue in many parts of the world. And much as we don’t like to think about it, it often rears its head in our own backyards. Razia takes a look at the ‘new’ form of slavery and how it can hide in plain sight.

Fiery, feisty Farah Jilani is an attorney, head of the immigration department at a high powered law firm in London. It’s a position she’s worked hard to obt
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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I listened to the audiobook autobiography of Slave by Mende Nazer several years ago now, but the horror of her existence as a modern-day slave has remained strongly in my memory. In Razia Abda Khan managed to evoke the same emotions from me. This novel is a compelling thriller with a conscience and I was impressed that both aspects of the story complement each other, adding to its strengths overall. I never felt as though I was being lectured
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Gail Wylde
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pigeonhole
This book tackles some very difficult issues such as modern day slavery, the treatment of women in different cultures and the huge chasm between the rich and poor. This could make the book very hard to read but somehow the author makes this one of the easiest and engaging books that I have read this year. The characters were all very strong, some very likeable and some utterly detestable. The descriptive writing of Pakistan really brought the place to life and the food descriptions.....do not re ...more
James
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a novel on a mission. The author, Abda Khan, is a lawyer and women’s rights campaigner with an impressive pedigree: winner of the Woman of the Year Award 2019 and highly commended in the 2017 NatWest Asian Women of Achievement Awards. She clearly cares deeply about issues of domestic slavery, indentured labour and the plight of women around the world (issues around which the plot of this novel revolves) and her knowledge and research shines through.

Farah Jilani is a woman of British Paki
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Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing book, the story is unique and very well thought out, covering a range of emotive topics surrounded slavery and human trafficking. As expected, this results in some quite emotional considerations, but in a way which is eye opening and certainly educational.

I enjoyed the storyline, the use of the two Characters who kind of bounced off each other. (Figuratively... head out of the gutter folks.) The one, Ali who is very knowledgable about the situations and culture they’re delving
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Vanessa Schelfhout
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed reading this book and I would like to thank The Pigeonhole for giving me the opportunity to read it.

This very emotional, but at the same time strong and beautiful story is about Farah, a lawyer from Pakistan descent, who discovers that Razia is kept as a domestic help (read: slave) by a friend of her boss’. She wants to save this girl and trying to do so, she stumbles on a wide conspiracy. She even travels to her home country Pakistan to help Razia and her family. Ali, a local la
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Jessica Belmont
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abda Khan is on a mission with Razia. Modern slavery isn’t something that I think about often, because I think we’ve tricked ourselves into thinking that isn’t something that happens anymore. Abda Khan brings to light these hidden atrocities.

I read this novel very quickly. It is gripping, emotional, and touches on a very difficult topic to read about. It was a real eye opener for me, because like I said, though I know slavery is still an issue, I don’t often let myself think about it. It’s writt
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Jeff
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm Still Unsettled About This Book. As I write this review, I finished reading this book just a few minutes ago before eating supper with my wife while watching How I Met Your Mother, as is our norm. And while the book is definetly worthy of the 5 stars I decided to give it, my mind hasn't really set on a way to review it, hence this more stream-of-consciousness review. On the one hand, the ending was at least somewhat predictable in type if not in particulars, particularly after an event about ...more
Pheadra
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: pigeon-books
Farah Jilani is a lawyer living and working in London. She is outspoken and impulsive. I found a disconnect in her character as a modern-day Pakistani woman, who has a relationship with a married man to then ask her parents at age 30 to look for a husband for her.
After attending a work dinner, hosted by a dangerously powerful Pakistani man employed at the Pakistan High Commission in the UK, she accidentally encounters Razia, a Pakistani employed domestic worker who is abused by her employers and
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Jennifer Scanlan
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 a
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MarmottanReads
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Modern slavery is one of those topics that pops up on the news from time to time, but is primarily a hidden abuse that lurks in the shadows. It’s one of things that we think perhaps rarely exists in modern Britain, and yet the Home Office conservatively estimates there are 13,000 slaves in the UK today (see here for a recent example involving 400 victims alone). Abda Khan brings this subject out into the light in her new novel, Razia. Khan’s background as a lawyer and campaigner brings a realism ...more
Sandra Saunders
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On one level, this is an international love story of two people with family ties to Pakistan, and results in the resolution of an international conspiracy. It is, however, about so much more - it deals with the very topical subject of modern-day slavery, a comparison of freedom experienced by women in different cultures, and the invisible threads that bind us to the cultures of our forefathers. The author deals with modern issues, placing them within the broader context of the global community. ...more
Ember
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Razia touches on modern day slavery in the UK when Farah discovers Razia who is kept as a domestic slave. Travelling from the courts of law in London to the brick kilns of Lahore, Farah uncovers traps keeping generations of people enslaved. Surrounded by deep-rooted oppression and corruption Farah teams up with human rights lawyer Ali to seek justice for Razia, but they cannot prevent the disaster that unfolds. I read Razia in one day as I simply couldn't put it down. Abda Khan is an amazing wri ...more
John Griffiths
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slavery is a topic I have regularly read accounts of. This story is a reminder both of the issue of slavery in Britain but also of the many forms slavery takes. Its a page turner - I won't do plot spoilers but some writing conventions are broken. The author is a lawyer so I presume brings her extensive experience representing women who have been trafficked so there is an authenticity about it. So a rattling good read - thought provoking -recommended.
Sue Jenkins
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It gave a good insight into Pakistani traditions and also explored the way poor families were exploited and became little more than slaves. The main characters were credible and you cared what happened to them. Although there were some sad parts in the story, I would highly recommend it. Thank you Pigeonhole and the author for letting me read it!
Samya Bokhari
Jul 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
https://thepigeonhole.com/books/razia... #Razia the issue is very serious with grim consequences. Author did start off well but was overriden by the need to commercialize the piece. Rich mansion guy saving a damsel in distress (Farah), simple arrest of mansur to satisfy readers greed fr justice. A purely mismanaged plot.
Jeroo Ghaswalla
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful well written book, gripping your attention from beginning to end. It mirrored a picture of certain countries, which even today, continue to treat women as inferior, as chattels, as slaves. This us the second bookafter Sehmat, written by an Indian author which has left a deep impact on, me. Thank you, Goodreads, and please serialize some more books like Razia
Tara
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well written book that cleverly disguised a very confronting, thought-provoking world of modern day slavery, corruption and the chasm between the haves and have-nots in a easy reading romance novel. I enjoyed the story and appreciated the opportunity to see Pakistan through the eyes of the author who is clearly an advocate for women's right.
Seema McArdle
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book: the voice, the Western & Asian cultural elements (pros & cons), the descriptions of the food/settings/characters, the way the sensitive subject matter was dealt with...and the end left a lump in my throat.

It was also great to have a modern Western Asian woman (like myself) as the main protagonist - such a refeshing change.

Can we have this as a TV drama next?
Kriss
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent plot, raises a lot of awareness with regard to modern day slavery indicating that a great deal of research went into this writing. Main characters well developed and the vivid descriptions transport us to other cultures , their smells and colours. Well worth a read.
Surjit Parekh
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What can I say I have no words it was fantastic and outstanding @abdakhan5 #Razia has touched my heart thank you @abdakhan5 for bringing such an amazing story as a father of a daughter I felt like this was my story loved Farah Ali and of course Razia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Christine Rennie
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pigeonhole
I found this book and storyline absolutely fascinating, interesting and I was completely engrossed in the story. I found the ending unexpected and deeply moving. I would recommend reading this book.
Cristie Underwood
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Great read. The author wrote a story that was interesting and moved at a pace that kept me engaged. The characters were easy to invest in.
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Abda is a lawyer turned writer born in the U.K. to Pakistani immigrant parents.
Her debut novel 'Stained', which delives into the issue of 'honour' abuse, was published in the USA by Harvard Square Editions in 2016. It has been described by Booklist as the 'contemporary Tess of the d'Urbervilles'.
Abda’s latest novel Razia (2019) published by Unbound is the story of a lawyer's fight for justice for
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