You Don't Know Me
Imran Mahmood

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Narrated By: Adam Deacon

Duration: 7 hours

What to expect

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of You Don't Know Me by Imran Mahmood, read by Adam Deacon.

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence speech.

He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But he thinks that if he's going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

There are eight pieces of evidence against him. As he talks us through them one by one, his life is in our hands. We, the reader - member of the jury - must keep an open mind till we hear the end of his story. His defence raises many questions... but at the end of the speeches, only one matters:

Did he do it?

'A daring concept executed to perfection, a hypnotic and authentic voice, and questions for us to answer as readers and people' LEE CHILD

'It's the voice that does it: edgy, conflicted, desperately urgent. A startlingly confident and deft debut' TANA FRENCH, internationally bestselling author

'A bold and original courtroom drama, You Don't Know Me heralds the arrival of a thrilling new voice in crime fiction' TIM WEAVER, Sunday Times bestselling author of the David Raker series

'An eye-opening, slick and compulsive thriller with an important message and unique writing' ADAM DEACON, actor, writer, rapper, director - star of Kidulthood and Adulthood

'A dazzling debut - authentic, funny, sad, sympathetic. I was utterly gripped. Rich in understanding of human nature, acerbic on the rights and wrongs of the justice system' GILLIAN MCALLISTER, Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything But the Truth

Genre

Political / legal thriller, Psychological thriller, Crime & mystery fiction

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A searing, heart-breaking, genre-bending crime novel that triumphantly reconfigures the traditional whodunnit into something remarkable

RUTH WARE

Timely, tense and original . . . Written with gritty authenticity, this is compelling and important

Heat

[A] riveting debut ... the defendant's narrative voice is so beguiling - eloquent, cocky, philosophical and vulnerable

Daily Express

A bold and original courtroom drama, You Don't Know Me heralds the arrival of a thrilling new voice in crime fiction

Tim Weaver, Sunday Times bestselling author of the David Raker series

Timely, tense and original... Written with gritty authenticity, this is compelling and important

Heat

It's the voice that does it: edgy, conflicted, desperately urgent. A startlingly confident and deft debut

Tana French

A dazzling debut - authentic, funny, sad, sympathetic. I was utterly gripped. Rich in understanding of human nature, acerbic on the rights and wrongs of the justice system

Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything But the Truth

An eye-opening, slick and compulsive thriller with an important message and unique writing

Kidulthood and Adulthood

A startlingly original courtroom drama . . . perfectly executed, gripping the reader from the first sentence with the defendant's unique voice and not letting go until a surprising twist at the end. Mahmood is most definitely one to watch * * * * *

Daily Express

The best psychological thrillers that should find a place on your reading list this summer

Fabulous Magazine Daily (The Sun)

A daring concept executed to perfection, a hypnotic and authentic voice, and questions for us to answer as readers and people

Lee Child

A bold and original courtroom drama, You Don't Know Me heralds the arrival of a thrilling new voice in crime fiction

Sunday Times bestselling author of the David Raker series

An original take on a courtroom drama that puts the reader in the position of the jury. Superb character-driven fiction. Masterful.

Guardian

The defendant's narrative is beguiling, philosophical, vulnerable

Sunday Express

A must read for fans of Making a Murderer, Serial and those who like their crime fiction... edgy and provocative

Book Riot

A startlingly original debut from a criminal defence barrister, this story grabs from the very first sentence... utterly compelling throughout ... it is a stunning idea superbly executed

Daily Mail

A dazzling debut - authentic, funny, sad, sympathetic. I was utterly gripped. Rich in understanding of human nature, acerbic on the rights and wrongs of the justice system

Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything But the Truth

This is an exciting first novel. To start with, it is highly original; what's more, it is cleverly plotted and convincingly written in a voice obviously not the author's own ... I was left admiring this novel.

Literary Review

You'll never guess the ending

The Sun

You Don't Know Me is a brave debut by a barrister . . . an impressively original courtroom drama

The Times

You've never read anything quite like this