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This review is from: Incendiary (Paperback)
With sanity in freefall, an East Ender pens a letter to Osama Bin Laden - her husband and little boy blown apart in a terrorist outrage.
The novel's first section ("Spring") has instant involvement with a directness that grips, description of the carnage at the Arsenal-Chelsea match explosions truly horrendous. From this moment on the writer is in shock, forever haunted by images of the young son she cannot believe dead.
Each with a part to play are posh new acquaintances Jasper and Petra, and senior police officer Terence Butcher who for a while seems her possible route back to normality.
"Summer", "Autumn" and "Winter" have reduced impact (especially whenever tiresome Petra is around) but I could not tear myself away, although at times rather wanting to.
London is perhaps the star. Throughout its history the city has been a survivor and surely will prove so again - despite current threats, paranoid high security alerts, helicopters, barrage balloons and curfews. That history, though, is never romanticised: London ever "a smiling liar his front teeth are very nice but you can smell the back teeth rotten and stinking." Great always is that gap between the rich and poor, impressive facade and grim reality.
Compelling and bleak.
Recommended - but it helps to know what you are letting yourself in for.
P.S. Curiously we never learn the names of wife, husband and son.