Finished reading on March 2nd, 2014
This book tells the story of the Reza family – Awaiz, the head of the family and a shopkeeper at the Anarkali bazaar, his wife Shez, who works as a nurse and their three sons – Kamran, Salman and Danyal.
There are several threads running through the story, one of them is the relationship between Kamran Reza and a classmate at the law school – Rania Omar. They’re in love, but her parents (mother mostly) wants her to get an arranged marriage, as she’s from a rich family and Kamran isn’t from the same social class.
However that thread is intertwined with the story of the preparations for suicide bombings in Lahore, as the police thinks Danyal Reza has something to do with previous attacks and since he is missing the police are harassing his father Awais, who though doesn’t know anything about his son’s whereabouts. But it’s clear that Danyal has taken Islam more seriously than the other members of his family.
It was an interesting book to read, as it’s from several characters perspectives, and as together with the story of a family we’re also following the suicide bombers, it keeps you on the edge of your seat as you continue reading to find out whether or not the terrorists will go through with their plans and whether it will have anything to do with the Rezas.
I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.