DESCRIBED BY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR THOMAS PERRY as “a brave and intriguing novel, which showcases Kia Abdullah’s vivid imagination and flair for suspense,” Child’s Play centers on Allegra Ashe, a young woman who is recruited into ‘Vokoban’, a covert government unit that uses a mysterious new law to entrap and convict paedophiles. Allegra’s involvement with the unit deepens and so begins her descent into a world of darkness and depravity. As her life spirals out of control, we find ourselves voyeurs in a twisted world of lust, danger, deceit and revenge. Child’s Play taps into a subject that both repulses and fascinates the population. It places a telescope into the darkest recesses of the human mind and invites the reader to take a look.
ONE OF THE FIRST ASIAN AUTHORS TO WRITE GENRE FICTION THAT DOESN’T TOUT ETHNICITY, Kia is critical of the ‘Asian writer’ stereotype: “It seems as though if you happen to be brown, then you have to write about being brown, otherwise no-one will be interested in what you have to say.” She continues: “Some writers are unashamed about using the race card because it’s the one thing they have – the one way to get your foot in the door – but once you’re through that door, what if you don’t want to continue writing about ethnicity?”
BOLD AND SUBVERSIVE, SEXY BUT SMART, Kia Abdullah isn’t what you would picture a British-Asian Muslim writer to be. But then again, there’s nothing ‘Asian’ or ‘Muslim’ about her writing and that in itself is likely to garner this young author the attention she deserves.
Kia will be signing copies of her book at Borders Charing Cross on Friday 11th December 2009 at 6.30pm.