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Next of Kin

I’m on Cloud Nine as a reviewer for HarperCollins. Thee HarperCollins. NEXT OF KIN by Kia Abdullah is, for lack of a better word, jaw-dropping!

About Next of Kin

Book: Next of Kin

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pub date: ‎ September 20, 2022

Print length ‏ : ‎ 334 pages

Available on Amazon


Leila Syed receives a call that cleaves her life in two. Her brother-in-law’s voice is filled with panic. His son’s nursery has called to ask where little Max is.


Leila was supposed to drop Max off that morning. But she forgot.

Racing to the carpark, she grasps the horror of what she has done.


What follows is an explosive, high-profile trial that will tear the family apart. But as the case progresses it becomes clear there’s more to this incident than meets the eye…

A gripping, brave and tense courtroom drama, Next of Kin will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final, heart-stopping page.

Reviews for Next of Kin

“Abdullah’s legal thrillers make John Grisham seem like a maiden aunt.” Sunday Times Crime Club

“An enthralling, heartbreaking and thrilling courtroom drama that had me shouting out loud and gripped until the last page.” Nadine Matheson, author of The Jigsaw Man

“Brilliantly tense, this is another clever page turner from Kia Abdullah that I couldn’t put down. Just superb.” Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City

“A mistake of life and death proportion turns this family on end. The three-part book; the day of the incident, court proceedings, and 6 weeks later – the aftermath, features riveting twists and jaw-dropping suspense. Be prepared to finish it once you start.” One More Exclamation

About the Author

Kia Abdullah is an author from London. Her novel, Take It Back, was named one of the best thrillers of the year by The Guardian and Telegraph and was selected for an industry-first audio serialisation by HarperCollins. Her follow-up novel, Truth Be Told, was released in March, 2021 by HarperCollins.

Kia has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The FT, The Telegraph, the BBC and The Times, and is the founder of Asian Booklist, a nonprofit that advocates for diversity in publishing. 

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