Incendiary by Chris Cleave
“I am a woman built upon the wreckage of myself.” The narrator of Incendiary is a woman who has lost her husband and son in a fictional terrorist attack in London. The novel is her letter to Osama Bin Laden, detailing her life before and after the incident. The reader follows her through the wreckage of the stadium, and eventually the wreckage of her mind. She obsesses over the details of her son’s life and his death in the most excruciating and exhausting way. I felt every last bit of her pain and her breakdown, even though I can’t remotely relate to her experience.
Note: Don’t believe the bad reviews on Goodreads, I honestly think this book is worth reading! If you look through the reviews, the negative ones largely seem to be coming from American readers who were put off by the fact that the narrative voice is often in a ‘lower class’ (blech) English style and dialect. Well, you read a book set in London and you’re annoyed that the narrator was, you know, from London? I can’t give you much pity for that. (end of rant)