Book Review | The Imam’s Daughter

Title: The Imam’s Daughter: My Desperate Flight to Freedom

Author: Hannah Shah

My Review:

Hannah Shah was born into a Muslim family. A family very devoted to the Muslim faith and one in which her father is an Imam~ a highly respected and revered holy man.

He was a very violent man who beat his wife on a daily basis for the smallest of things and for over 10 years he physically and sexually abused Hannah in the cellar of their home.

It was interesting to me that throughout the book it is painfully clear that although her father is doing these terrible things to her, Hannah is still longing and aching to have her father’s approval and love. She continues to seek ways to please him and to make him notice how hard she’s trying. She does everything thing a good Muslim girl should, but she does have a rebellious streak in her.“Life would be good if I could just be good enough.” {page 43}

As a five year old small child, her father was beating her mother one day and she got up and defended her mom. She physically got in the middle of them even thought she knew he would harm her too, but she could not stand to watch her mom being tortured any more.

I really loved this book and I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but suffice it to say, things takes a turn for the better and for the worse at the same time when Hannah gets older. At 16 she finds out that she is being forced into an arranged marriage, but she takes matters into her own hands and runs away.

As if this is not bad enough, her family finds out that she has converted to Christianity. I do not claim to know a lot about the Muslim faith, but I do know that in some countries, an act like that is unheard of. It is considered dishonorable and punishable by death. They call it “honor killing.”

Her family is on a hunt for her, desperate to bring her to justice for embarrassing the Imam and his family. They try to chase her down and give her what is “coming” to her.

When she is finally free from all of that her life changes dramatically as she finds true love, peace and freedom like she has never known.

Please take the time to read this beautifully written little book. It did not take me very long to read it at all… I was entranced. It’s definitely one that will live on my bookshelf.

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*I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a sample of the product to try and provide an honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and have not been influenced in any way.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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