Usually, when you read a collection of short stories, there might be a couple or a few that grip you. Things We Lost in the Fire has ten short stories, and every single one sinks its claws in, and once you escape the last page, you’re left with a lasting scar that will forever haunt you.
This was darkly gripping and, at times, difficult to consume, but I could not put it down. The horrors of life, the unknown, the inability to escape, resilience, the fickle psyche. It was familiar and worlds apart from life as I know it now.
I have no words to explain how terribly dark these stories are. I can’t recommend this book enough.