Jihadi A Love Story – Yusuf Toropov

Jihadi A Love Story

ISBN-10 1910633313

ISBN-13 978-1910633311

Author Yusuf Toropov

Publisher Orenda Books

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

From 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.

What did I think?

Yusuf Toropov has written an unconventional and unique novel that tackles delicate subjects that we are currently all too aware of. You would think that this book is about religion, but to me personally, I felt that this book focused more on the faith in yourself and not just the religion as a whole.

From the very first chapter of ‘Jihadi A Love Story’ I knew I was in for a good read. Toropov has written the start of this book in a way that will instantly grab you and make you not want to put it down. His writing style is something I have never come across before, and I loved how Toropov was intertwining two different stories throughout – the annotator psychologist and the writer himself.

‘Jihadi A Love Story’ itself is great, if not a little confusing at times. I don’t usually get on with books where there are so many big characters and this book had a lot of them. But the way in which Toropov has executed the story of all of these characters is flawless.

I did feel that in the beginning it took a lot of concentration to fully understand what was happening, but once I had figured it out the book was a pleasure to read. That’s the only reason why this is a 4 heart review.

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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2 thoughts on “Jihadi A Love Story – Yusuf Toropov

  1. Thank you for bringing this book to my intention (I just found your site through one of your reviews on Goodreads). The “who is the real terrorist” question makes me slightly leery, I have to admit, as I’m not a fan of hairsplitting on (and/or attempting to subvert) terms like that; but as the blurb was doubtless not written by Toropov himself, I suppose that’s a silly apprehension to have. The summary nonetheless has me quite interested.

    Anyway, thank you for your review! It definitely put the book on my radar.

    – Ky

  2. Glad you liked my review!

    It’s a must-read book from me! The summary on Goodreads really doesn’t do the book (or indeed Toropov) justice.

    I hope you enjoy it!

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