Review: ‘A Brighter Fear’ by Kerry Drewery

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘A Brighter Fear’ by Kerry DreweryA Brighter Fear by Kerry Drewery
Published by HarperCollins UK on June 7th, 2012
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: publisher unsolicited
An impossible love story set against the backdrop of the Iraq war, A Brighter Fear will appeal to everyone who loved a gathering light.

This debut novel is the story of Lina, a teenage girl from Baghdad, and it starts as the bombs fall in 2003. It is a love story: for a country, and for a person too. There is an object that is lost, but may yet be found again.

We can’t say much more without giving away what happens in this
beautiful, contemporary fairytale. Suffice it to say that it will break your heart... but then will put it back together again.

A beautiful novel from a new literary star.

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Don’t let the beautiful cover fool you. A Brighter Fear is not full of a warm heartbreaking tale of love and friendship. We find Lina, a teenager living Bagdad during the war against the United States. What has become of her country after Saddam Hussein’s reign?

Beautifully written, there’s a wonderful quality in the author’s writing. I think it’s all about simplicity and the emotions she portrayed. How does it feel to live in fear of your life? Your family’s lives? Your friend’s? It’s unimaginable, yet the author takes great care with writing her fears.

I didn’t enjoy the chapters with Lina’s mother. I felt it broke up the story too much. It was heart breaking to read too. I can’t imagine the pain they have suffered. I don’t understand war, and I never did. There’s always sadness where it happens. And the Iraqi war isn’t any different. I think this touched me more so because it’s not exactly fiction. These things happen. We hear about it on the news, and watch as our soldiers come home, but no one really understands what they go through. This was a healthy reminder of that, and I couldn’t help but cry.

The romance between the two was sweet, yet I wanted it to be more. It wasn’t so much a love story between the two, but a love for her country an what she would do to stay there.


He gave me something different. He was a breath of fresh air to me.
I was living a horror film with no end credits in sight. But this wasn’t a film, or a dream, or a story. This was life. And I couldn’t just press the off button, or wake up, or slam the pages shut. I had to live it.
I felt selfish for wanting a life. I felt guilty for not being happy.





  1. Diana Grace

    January 18, 2014 at 5:22 AM

    Only heard of this book now. This sounds very good though. Great review! 🙂

  2. fatma shahin

    October 15, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    sounds like such a good book and that is a really pretty cover 😀

  3. Jamie

    June 21, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Interesting cover…not so sure it can be missleading if I really stop and look closely at it.

  4. Jaime Lester

    March 29, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    That cover, while beautiful, is incredibly misleading isn’t it? I love it, don’t get me wrong. But I wasn’t expecting to read a premise that spoke of heartbreak and fear. War and chaos. It sounds like a book about a very hard journey, a life that is not even close to being easy. One that I pray that my family or friends or myself never has to live. And a life that others DO have to live, who deserve our prayers that one day they find peace. I am not sure that I would read this story, but I am glad that it was a great one. And thank you for the review, as always.

  5. Grace Lo

    October 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    I’ve never read A Brighter Fear, but it sounds extraordinarily beautiful. I don’t read nearly enough books that face current affairs, but I added this to my TBR list because it sounds so . . . realistically breath-taking.

  6. Luna

    August 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    I agree about chapters following her mother. I thought it would have been better without it.

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