Those People Next Door: Quick Reads 2024

By Kia Abdullah

A Quick Reads story from award winning author Kia Abdullah

‘Abdullah’s legal thrillers make John Grisham seem like a maiden aunt’ Sunday Times Crime Club

‘Intelligent, clever, poignant, sharp, and thought-provoking, right through to the perfect final line. Another sure hit for Kia Abdullah’ Andrea Mara

‘Brilliantly pacey and wonderfully written with a lovely big twist. Highly recommended’ Neil Lancaster

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Salma Khatun is extremely hopeful about Hampton, the safe district to which she, her husband and their son have just moved.

But soon Salma sees her neighbour throw a ball at the anti-racist banner her son put in their front garden. She doesn’t complain because she wants her family to fit in. But then worse things start to happen – things Salma can’t ignore. A battle begins and quickly turns into a deadly nightmare.

A gripping thriller about nightmare neighbours, Those People Next Door explores the loss of innocence and how far we’re prepared to go to defend ourselves and the people we love.

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Praise for Those People Next Door:

‘This powerful social drama about racism and microaggression in today’s society is a must-read’ Prima

‘A stunning, thought-provoking and morally challenging read. It had me guessing until the ingenious reveal – a world-class story’ Graham Bartlett, author of Bad For Good

‘A tense, clever tale about the seething underbelly of a picture-perfect suburban town’ Country and Town House

Format: Digital download
Release Date: 11 Apr 2024
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-865433-7
Kia Abdullah is a bestselling author and travel writer. Her novels include Take It Back, a Guardian and Telegraph thriller of the year; Truth Be Told, which was shortlisted for the Diverse Book Awards; and Next of Kin, which was longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. Kia has also been selected for The Times Crime Club.Kia has written for The New York Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times, The Times and the BBC, and is the founder of Asian Booklist, a non-profit that advocates for diversity in publishing and helps readers discover new books by British Asian authors.For more information about Kia and her writing, visit her website at, or follow her at @KiaAbdullah on Instagram and Twitter.