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Book review - You don't know me

Imran Mahmood's 'You don't know me' is a quality and powerful drama, from the very first word. It’s told entirely through court transcripts; a young man charged with murder fires his lawyer and decides to give his own defence speech over a period of ten days. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. Although, he thinks that if he’s going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

There are eight pieces of evidence against him, as he talks us through them one by one, his life is in our hands. We, the readers (the members of the jury) must keep an open mind till we hear the end of his story. His defence raises many questions, but at the end of the speeches, only one matters…

Covering gang culture and social issues, our young narrative breathes his life in his story and brings it realistically into the reader’s imagination. Keeping the reader interested for over 400 pages highlights the skill of this author. A truly fascinating, enthralling and thought-provoking (requires attention for crime and encourages attentive thinking) thriller which will stay in my thoughts for a long time. A lesson I learnt from this book was that a single lie discovered is enough to create doubt in every truth expressed, and although people may not see eye to eye in everything, we can always hope, a feeling that doesn't leave us unless we ask for it. The strong language used adds to the emotions expressed by the characters in the story. If you’re looking for a uniquely told story, you might want to give this a try.


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