Sunday, 9 December 2018

Killing Honour: A Different Book Review

Reading is one of those things that will always be priceless to me. One book can change your life, and your way of thinking, and there have been a few over the years that have had that exact affect on me. 'Killing Honour' by Bali Rai is one of them.

My teacher actually gave me this book about a month and a half ago, because she knew that I was into literature, and she wondered if this would appeal to me at all. Although it took me this long to get round to checking it out, I finished it within 2 days, which evidently speaks volumes.
This particular novel focuses on honour killings, as you may have guessed by the title, which are often linked to certain situations, where girls, or women are seen as behaviouring undesirably, or in an unhourable matter by their traditionally cultural families. If you ever watched 'Murdered By My Father' on BBC Three, you will know what I'm talking about, because it follows a similar storyline.

The blurb says, "When Sat's sister, Jas, is married off into the Atwal family she changes; she becomes quiet and distant. But Sat's too busy with his own life to notice. Until Jas disappears.
According to her new husband, she's run off with another man. Her family disown her; don't seem to care if she's ever found. But Sat doesn't believe it. Something terrible has happened to his sister and he's determined to discover what..."

I'm not even exaggerating here when I say that Rai had gripped me from the very first page. I've never read anything like this before, but I think that sometimes being educated by reading is exactly what a teenager/young adult needs to open their eyes. It's not very often that you hear about honour killings, because they are seen to be a fairly cultural specific thing, and they are clearly symbolic of shame being brought into the family, so even those who do experience them would be very unlikely to open up about it.
This book probably wouldn't be suitable for anyone under GCSE age, so 15/16 years old, because there are understandably adult themes, like drug use, and violence, making it pretty hard-hitting to say the least. 

However, I do think it highlights the importance of fighting for what you feel is right, and how your family can either make or break you. Sat, the young boy narrating the majority of this book, turned a blind eye to his sister once she had been married off, but when she had gone missing, he was the only person, who continued to fight in the hope of getting her the justice she deserved. There are some twists and turns in the tale, which will leave you holding your breath in suspense, and being unable to place the book down, but I think that's how you know you're reading the right kind.

Let me know if you have read this book before, or if you're planning on doing so now. Have you read anything similar that you could recommend?

Love and light always,


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