I received a free e-copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
You Will Not Have My Hate is a very moving and emotional first person account about the aftermath of the bataclan attacks in Paris last year. The author’s wife was murdered by terrorists whilst watching the band the Eagles of Death Metal and this short book details her husband’s recollection of how he heard about the news, how he identified her body and how he coped with looking after their young son whilst in a state of utter shock and grief.
Unsurprisingly, this book is incredibly touching and just very, very sad. I absolutely applaud Antoine Leiris for writing such a brave and honest memoir of a dreadful incident and with such a brilliant attitude to the terrorists who killed his wife.
With current events as they are, You Will Not Have My Hate is a timely reminder that we need to come together as people to stand united against hatred and extremism and to combat it with compassion, not aggression and violence. What a brilliant example the author has set for his young son.
I haven’t rated this book as it felt tactless – but I think it was a great read.