by Tabish Khair
Reviewed by Linda:
This gripping novel explains far more clearly than any news story why young Islamic immigrants in the West might choose to give up their freedoms and turn to Isis for a sense of belonging. Thoughtful Jamilla and rebellious Ameena, best friends who live with their families in Northern England, make that terrible mistake and sneak away from their homes, bound for Syria. The account of what happens to them among the fundamentalists and what they choose to do next will leave you unable to stop turning the pages.