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A Deadly Divide – Ausma Zehanat Khan

10th February 2020

IN A TOWN FULL OF SECRETS, WHO CAN YOU TRUST?In the aftermath of a mass shooting in a mosque, small town tensions run high. Clashes between the Muslim community and a local faction of radical white nationalists are escalating, but who would have motive and opportunity to commit such a devastating act of violence?

Detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty from Canada’s Community Policing Unit are assigned to this high-profile case and tasked to ensure the extremely volatile situation doesn’t worsen.

But when leaked CCTV footage exposes a shocking piece of evidence, both sides of the divide are enraged.As Khattak and Getty work through a mounting list of suspects, they realise there’s far more going on in this small town than anyone first thought…

A Deadly Divide is a piercingly observed, highly topical thriller by former human rights law professor and award-winning author Ausma Zehanat Khan.


This book covers a multiple shooting in a mosque in Canada. The detectives, (Muslim) Esa Khattak and (Jewish) Rachel Getty. Their respective faiths are critical in this story and they find racism and white supremacy infiltrating the police force, hampering the investigation.

The story is clever and complex and very sad because it so believable and you really are torn with who to believe.*

For me I didn’t like the way it was wrapped up, the killings had been meticulously planned but I felt the end it was messy. There is an underlying theme running through the book that is left open into the next book.

What I didn’t realise when I picked this us was that it was part of an ongoing series, you definitely didn’t need to read the others in the series to follow the plot or know what was going on but it does reference them a lot.

It was an interesting and uncomfortable read because of the subject and I would read other books by Ausma Zehanat Khan (I will probably buy the rest in this series!) in the future. 

About the Author

Ausma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a specialisation in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She has practised immigration law and taught human rights law at Northwestern University and York University. Formerly, she served as Editor in Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine to reflect the lives of young Muslim women. Her debut novel, The Unquiet Dead, won the Barry Award, the Arthur Ellis Award and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Novel. She is a longtime community activist and writer. Born in Britain, Ausma lived in Canada for many years before recently becoming an American citizen. She lives in Colorado with her husband.  more about Ausma Zehanat Khan


A working mum who just loves to read!

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