Feb 26, 11
Read from February 25 to 27, 2011
Four and a quarter stars.
I liked this book, particularly the suspense plot, and the glimpses into Edwardian life and life at Cambridge. I also like the two main characters - Orlando and Jonty. They're human, and flawed.
I did get a little lost at the beginning of the book with each character's internal thoughts - it took me a while to work out that they were an internal monologue rather than speech without quote marks and who was saying them. If I had to pinpoint a negative it would be that I feel like I didn't get enough in depth insight into what Orlando and Jonty were thinking and so felt slightly disconnected from their developing relationship. And, maybe this is me, but...I did feel that Orlando was...more accepting of his attractive to a man than I'd thought he'd be given how he was raised and the time period the book was set in. Saying that, I did like how there were places where he made a conscious decision to ignore those teachings and society's opinion and move forward in the relationship.
I also got a little bit lost with the characters' internal thoughts at the beginning of the book - it took me a while to work out that they were an internal monologue (versus speech) and who was saving them.
Will I read the second book? Definitely!