I’m delighted to be on the blog tour today for The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan with my review
About this book…
One man is dead.
But thousands were his victims.
Can a single murder avenge that of many?
Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto: the body of Christopher Drayton is found at the foot of the cliffs. Muslim Detective Esa Khattak, head of the Community Policing Unit, and his partner Rachel Getty are called in to investigate. As the secrets of Drayton’s role in the 1995 Srebrenica genocide of Bosnian Muslims surface, the harrowing significance of his death makes it difficult to remain objective. In a community haunted by the atrocities of war, anyone could be a suspect. And when the victim is a man with so many deaths to his name, could it be that justice has at long last been served?
In this important debut novel, Ausma Zehanat Khan has written a compelling and provocative mystery exploring the complexities of identity, loss, and redemption.
Winner of the Barry Award, Arthur Ellis Award, and Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Novel
When I started to read this book, it became obvious that the book I was reading wasn’t the book I was expecting! It was so much better! When I finished it I felt lost, an unexpected reaction to the heart wrenching tale I had just experienced. It’s not a book to rush through to discover the mystery at its core, but a journey to savour and let the characters and their circumstances resonate with the many different emotions evoked. It’s a story that once it entwines itself around your heart, won’t let go! I loved every minute of it!
Christopher Drayton has been found dead at the bottom of the Scarborough Bluffs and Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty from the Community Policing team have been brought in to investigate if he fell or was pushed. When suspicions are raised that he has been keeping his real identity a secret, everyone becomes a suspect. The question raised here is whether his past crimes means that his death is deserved. Has justice at last been served?
This is a harrowing read at times and the quotes at the headings of the chapters were so powerful that they gave me goosebumps and the weirdest feeling that I was walking through a graveyard. I felt the silent respect for the dead spreading throughout the narrative, haunting the living with their stories of loss and despair. It truly is a heartbreaking read at times. But it’s held together with the vibrancy of its characters, especially the female ones. Rachel grabbed my attention immediately with her determination and forthright manner and I found her partnership with Esa to be subtly understated but also able to convey lots of emotions without actually saying much.
This is a intelligently written and cleverly crafted mystery that grabs your attention straight away. It’s a stunning debut that is worthy of all the fabulous reviews that I’ve seen. And thankfully I’ve now discovered there is going to be a second Khattak and Getty mystery which I am over the moon about! I like this pairing and I’m keen to see how the author will develop them and their relationship further. Highly recommended by me.
The Unquiet Dead (Detective Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty Mysteries) is available to purchase now at Amazon UK.
Meet the author…
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 is a former adjunct law professor and was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband. The Unquiet Dead is her first novel.