Petal is a young mother living in London,with her husband, a policeman who is a member of the bomb squad. One evening while her husband and son are atPetal is a young mother living in London,with her husband, a policeman who is a member of the bomb squad. One evening while her husband and son are at an Arsenal soccer match, Petal ends up back in her flat with Jasper Black, a reporter she had met at a neighborhood bar. While Petal and Jasper are in the throes of sex, with the game on the television, the unthinkable happens.
"At first, I thought the telly was bust. There was a flash and I thought the tube was blown. But the ball was still there and the goalposts were still there. It was just the stand behind the goal that had disappeared in a while cloud. It looked like a fog bank. I wondered how fog had suddenly got itself into Arsenal’s brand-new stadium like that."
Both her husband and son are among the 1000+ people killed and Petal’s life begins to spin out of control. Ironically, Incendiary, written in the form of a letter to Osama bin Laden “as a plea against violence” was published July 7, 2005 , the same day that four bombs were detonated in London by suicide bombers killing 56 people. Chris Cleave’s new book Incendiary was removed from shelves,advertisements for the book were removed and posters were torn down which may be the reason many of us had never heard of Incendiary and did not realize that it was actually written before the New York Times bestseller Little Bee. Incendiary was awarded the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award and was made into a movie. Incendiary is not a pleasant read. It is not something that any mother wants to think about, however it is a riveting book about guilt, love, grief and survival. The story builds and builds, gathering momentum along the way until it comes to a catastrophic conclusion. Incendiary is a powerful book and one that completely drew me in.I could not put it down! www.Fridaymorningbookclub.com
Reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist is like ease dropping on a conversation between a young Pakistani man (Changez) and an American man in a cafe inReading The Reluctant Fundamentalist is like ease dropping on a conversation between a young Pakistani man (Changez) and an American man in a cafe in Pakistan. Changez talks about his experiences living in America before and after 9/11. This is a thought provoking and sometimes chilling book and an excellent book club choice. Our book club is rating it! Feel free to vote! www.Fridaymorningbookclub.com ...more
I just finished listening to Naked In Death, the first book in J.D.Robb’s Death Series. I was anxious to “start at the beginning” after I had randomlyI just finished listening to Naked In Death, the first book in J.D.Robb’s Death Series. I was anxious to “start at the beginning” after I had randomly chosen and read the 15th book in the series. I was intrigued with the character of Eve Dallas and wanted to learn more about her and what made her into the tough cop that she was. I was also curious as to how she got involved with Roarke, the sexy Irish billionaire as they seemed to be such an unlikely couple.
Many of my questions were answered in Naked in Death. As I suspected, Eve had been sexually abused as a child. At the age of 8, Eve was found in an alley covered in blood, with a broken arm and no memory. Eve did not even know her name and was put in foster care. It is understandable that Eve has the trust issues that she has and does not open up to people easily.
Roarke was actually a suspect in the crime she was investigating in Naked in Death. How lucky is that! Why he was attracted to the tough, rough Eve was a little hard to imagine, although they do say that opposites attract and these two could not be any more different.
In Naked in Death, Eve is investigating the murder of a licensed companion who just happens to be the grand-daughter of a senator. To make matters worse, also found at the gruesome murder scene is a note saying: 1 of 6. The victim was shot three times with an antique weapon and not only does Roarke own an impressive collection of antique weapons, but he also owns the apartment building where the murder took place making him a prime suspect.
After reading Naked in death and Purity in Death, I can’t help but wonder if all of the books in Robb’s Death Series follow the same formula or is it just a coincidence that the first two I read are so much a like. In Naked in Death Eve was investigating a string of murders of prostitutes. In Purity in Death it was a string of murders of child molesters and rapists. The murders in both books involve prominent political figures.I guess I am going to have to read another one of these page turner romantic mysteries to find out. www.Fridaymorningbookclub.com