Sarah Crichton Books
What a scenario! Anyone who attends a wedding after reading Love Bomb will be thinking about this unique and inventive read.
A wedding is taking place at the bride’s childhood home in a small bucolic New Jersey town. The diverse guest list includes ex-wives, step families, psychiatrists, Doctors Without Borders staff, ex-military men and some famous celebrities. Enter a gun-toting gas-masked woman dressed in a beautiful wedding gown, albeit with white combat boots on, and wielding a bomb trigger. She takes the guests hostage and an absurd and witty satire of modern life and morals ensues.
Each guest gropes with the question of whether she is after them and why, and who she is. Their back stories and reactions to the terror unfold and are told with humor and pathos. Good and bad marriages, unrequited loves, modern parenting, fame, and the randomness of violence and death are all explored and exploited. The reader is hooked.
Helen Burns, the bride’s mother, is an astute, kind, and intelligent woman who has seen much in her life. She oversees, observes, and tries to take a
calm controlled approach in a room of huge egos, conflicts, warring families, and just plain frightened bathroom-seeking adults and crying children. She repeatedly tries to connect with the hostage taker, call off the clamoring psychiatrists, diffuse the situation, and salvage what she can of her daughter’s wedding day.
A SWAT team is eventually called into action and the author provides much well-researched information on police maneuvers, lingo, and tactics. The action brings an answer to the always asked, “Why did she do it?”
This is a hilarious and heartbreaking novel that is both truthful and outlandish. Lisa Zeidner’s Love Bombemploys reality, as well as heart, to say so much about modern relationships.
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