Brothers In Blood by Amer Anwar Book Review

Brothers in Blood (Zaq & Jags) by [Anwar, Amer]



Southall, West London. After being released from prison, Zaq Khan is lucky to land a dead-end job at a builders’ yard. All he wants to do is keep his head down and put the past behind him.

But when Zaq is forced to search for his boss’s runaway daughter, he quickly finds himself caught up in a deadly web of deception, murder and revenge.

With time running out and pressure mounting, can he find the missing girl before it’s too late? And if he does, can he keep her – and himself – alive long enough to deal with the people who want them both dead?


This is such a brilliant book; it is definitely one of my favourite reads of this year.

There is action right from the first page, and there are some brilliant, well developed characters. I’m hoping that Zaq and Jags are going to return in a future book as I would certainly like to catch up with them again. There was some exceptional dialogue between them and a good dose of humour which is what made them both really likeable. In fact, I think some of the best scenes were when Zaq and Jags were alone together, they were a pair who really gelled well together.

Zaq Khan has recently been released from prison after serving five years for manslaughter. He is keen to keep his head down and stay away from the criminal underworld. As far as he is concerned, he has done his time and he doesn’t want to go back there. But his boss has other ideas. His boss asks for his help to track down his daughter, Rita, who has disappeared to escape an arranged marriage. Zaq is reluctant to help out but when his boss threatens to put him back in prison what choice does he have? But Zaq soon realises that he has become a part of something much bigger and it may be tricky for him to get out alive.

Brothers In Blood is an explosive debut from a fresh new voice. Amer is a very talented writer when it comes to dialogue and especially the fight scenes. This is one of those books which I would like to see on the big screen, I think it would translate to film really well.

The final chapters of the book really did have me gripping the pages as it raced towards its climax. After finishing the last chapter, Amer has left me wondering what’s happening with his characters now, especially Rita’s family. This is an exceptional debut. I’m hoping we don’t have to wait too long for another book. Highly recommended.

Publisher: Dialogue Books

Publication date: 6th September 2018

Print length: 448 pages