Review: Home Fire

Title: Home Fire
Author: Kamila Shamsie
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Source: Goodreads Giveaway
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.

Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?


Wow! This book was amazing. I had some trouble getting into it for about the first third, but halfway through you really understand what’s going on and it’s so good!

I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll make this brief.

I really liked the characters. They were quite convincing. Some even turned out to be different from what you first expected. Others stuck to their beliefs no matter what.

This story gives an aspect of terrorism that is often ignored in the Western world, either literature or film. This is a look at the struggles of the family of the terrorist and what they face in the aftermath of losing their family member, to terrorism or death. They are often blamed for the actions of their son or daughter, though the rest of the family didn’t commit those crimes.

This was a moving story that kept me hooked until the very end. It’s definitely a must read!

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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