So this was a terrible book to read at this particular moment in time. Events in the book were very similar to things happening in our own political system and it just got me down a bit. But still a great book!
Amberlough is sexy, funny, and excels at heart-breaking. The characters are great. Cordelia is a feisty, take-no-shit-from-anyone, kickass woman. She knew how to take care of herself but also had a good heart and tried to take care of the people she loved.
I couldn’t stop picturing Cyril as this frumpy middle aged dude (mostly because of Archer) but then my coworker described him as a worn down, young Daniel Craig and that helped. I had a love/hate feeling about Cyril, because while he seemed like a decent guy with good intentions he was helping everything get fucked! Again, with good intentions, but dammit Cyril!
Aristide I liked for his pick yourself by your bootstraps attitude. Though his story also makes me sad. Clearly he wanted to leave his old life behind and change things but it always gets me down knowing someone felt trapped somewhere. And damn him and Cyril for not saying how they really feel!
Anyway, like I said, a really terrible book to read during this exact moment in our existence but I won’t say more than that as to not give away the ending. But this is a great debut novel and a fantastic story of love, betrayal and trying to find, and keep, a space for yourself in the world.