The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan (88)

I picked up this book because of the title mainly. Also, I am trying hard to expand my reading horizons this year. I am enjoying the process overall.

This book is a fictional book that is not easily forgotten, despite the fact that it is written by a debut author from British Columbia. She is truly a masterful storyteller!

This book is about Detective Esa Khattak. She heads up Canada’s Community Policing Section, which handles minority-sensitive cases across all levels of law enforcement.

Khattak is still under scrutiny for his last case, so he’s surprised when INSET, Canada’s national security team calls him in on another politically sensitive case.

For months, INSET has been investigating a local terrorist cell that is planning an attack on New Year’s Day.

INSET had an informant, Mohsin Dar, undercover inside the cell. But now, just weeks before the attack, Mohsin has been murdered at the group’s training camp deep in the woods.

INSET wants Khattak to give the appearance of investigating Mohsin’s death and then bury the lead. They can’t risk exposing their operation or Mohsin’s role in it.

But Khattak used top know Mohsin, and he knows he can’t just let this murder slide. So, Khattak sends his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, undercover into the unsuspecting mosque that houses the terrorist cell.

As Rahcel tentatively reaches into the unfamiliar world of Islam and begins developing  with the people of the mosque and the terrorist cell within it, the potential reasons for Mohsin’s murder only seem to multiply, from the political and ideological to the intensely personal.

This is a profound and intimate story of humanity. It is a story that was definitely worth reading.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


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I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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