Jihadi: A Love Story by Yusuf Toropov

Today it’s my stop on the #Jihadi Blog Tour! Huge thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and to Yusuf Toropov for allowing me to hop on the tour! You can see the full schedule below!

About the book (via Goodreads):

A former intelligence agent stands accused of terrorism, held without charge in a secret overseas prison. His memoir is in the hands of a psychologist with her own agenda, and her annotations paint a much darker picture.

As the story unravels, we are forced to assess the truth for ourselves, and decide not only what really happened, but who is the real terrorist.

Peopled by a diverse and unforgettable cast of characters, whose reliability as narrators is always questioned, and with a multi-layered plot heaving with unexpected and often shocking developments, Jihadi: A Love Story is an intelligent thriller that asks big questions.

My thoughts: 

I have no idea where to start with my review for Jihadi. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a lot to digest.

I’m not going to lie, it took me a few days to really get into the book. As it’s not my usual genre, I read a little at a time and then I did something I never do. I took notes. Yes you read that right. Never in my life have I taken notes on a book, possibly in school but that’s a good 15 years ago now!

Jihadi is the kind of book that you need to read slowly. You need to soak in every word, every new character, every harrowing scene. Whether you realise it or not, while you are reading, it seeps into the deep recesses of your mind, and takes hold of your emotions.

I tend to shy away from books that have war, terrorism and religious themes running through them. However, Jihadi has been a thoroughly breathtaking introduction to subjects that cause so much trouble in the world we live in.

Towards the end of the book, I found myself becoming emotionally invested in the fates of the characters. All of them. Toropov has created a wonderfully diverse set of characters and they all have their own quirks and agendas.

While I was on the fence to begin with, by the end of Jihadi I was definitely certain of one thing. It’s most definitely a piece of modern literature unlike anything I’ve read before and in the best possible way.

The prose is wonderfully written and beautifully observed. I found myself having to stop reading on more than one occasion, such was the vividness of the picture painted with the authors words.

I’m so thankful to Karen and Yusuf for my copy of Jihadi: A Love Story. You can pick up a copy HERE.

Happy reading 🙂

Weekly Wrap Up February 14th 2016

Better late than never eh?! 😂

So, my reading has been pretty rubbish this week as we’ve been having our kitchen ripped out and refitted so my time has been all over the place!

Theoretically, I’ve only read 2 books. I gave up on a 3rd as it wasn’t doing anything for me! Life is too short and my TBR is hitting 450 books…

First up:

Jihadi: A Love Story by Yusuf Toropov.


I’m on the blog tour for Jihadi on February 24th so I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until then for my review. However, I will say one thing. Jihadi is one of the most complex pieces of literature I have read in a very long time. Hard going, but a brilliant read!
The second book I read this week was:

Bone By Bone by Sanjida Kay


Bone By Bone was a superb psychological thriller. The kind that you race through, but you don’t want to reach the ending as you’re afraid of what you’ll read! Stunning! Bone By Bone isn’t released until March so I’m afraid I won’t be publishing my review closer to publication date! 😊
Here’s hoping I get more read this week!
What have you all been reading?! 😊📖