With the intrigue of a psychological thriller, the heart of a romance and the beauty of a fantastical dive into history, The Tears of Boabdil tells the story of an undercover special agent unwittingly drawn into a forbidden romance and a glimpse of a distant past that mirrors today.
Longlisted for the McKitterick Prize
Vince is an accomplished liar and undercover Special Branch agent. Truth, for him, is the story we tell. Sworn to his country, committed to his work, he takes on a new mission - masquerading as an Islamic convert to infiltrate a British Jihadi group. There, he meets the beautiful sister of the leaders and soon becomes entangled in a way he never thought possible and which threatens his grip on reality. As reality weakens with each story about Moorish Spain Vince spins to seduce Ayesha, the more the fictional world blends into his world. But which will he choose: a duty that strengthens barriers or a love that breaks them?
“A thematically ambitious novel, interweaving multiple narrative lines. Both disturbing and arresting.”
Adam Craig, author of Vitus Dreams and fiction editor for Cinnamon Press
“A joy to read—a range of emotions from sympathy to horror.”
Alina Voyce, author of Lifelights
This book is a brilliant work that requires a quiet space and plenty of concentration. Intrigue, suspense - with a fascinating narration POV, this story takes a bit to get used to the flow and movement but unfolds quickly. You will find yourself absorbed and transported. The author does an amazing job balancing this complicated storyline and subject while maintaining good balance and keeping the reader engaged. Just a terrific piece of writing.
The Tears of Boabdil by Neil McDonald
The Tears of Boabdil is a psychological crime book by Neil McDonald. This is the first book I have read by this author. This book had me enthralled from the beginning. This book is complex, but you know that from the beginning when the MC, Vince lets you know that truth is how believable you make the lies. This is an undercover agent infiltrating a Jihadi Group, so his life depends on the story he weaves. This book is full of action, drama, intrigue with romance added in. A good vs. evil line with deep thought inducing content. This is not my normal genre, but I alway like to expand my reading choices. I would recommend this book especially if you like intriguing undercover/spy novels.