Boy Blue You've got to read about 75 pages in your first sitting so that the characters all form in your head. They are drawn so perfectly you'll be unable to shake them long after you're finished. It's also a bit hard because the first section of the novel is the ending, which just makes everything a bit confusing. Stick with it and watch the characters come alive.
Liz It gets better, as the characters and events begin to sort themselves out, but it certainly takes perseverence.