Emma Maria Rossini is the daughter of a famous actor and the granddaughter of a renowned astrophysicist, living in a huge house with her beautiful and loving mother. But life isn’t as perfect as it seems, and Emma has to combat a very difficult relationship with her father, as well as coping with some seriously tragic events.
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected. It was surprising and moving, well-written and with a complex lead character. Despite her unusual upbringing, Emma goes through some relatable experiences, and her narrative voice injects a level of wit to quite a dark plot for some much needed light and humour.
I was also quite impressed that the author managed to write so well from a female perspective. It is difficult to write effectively from the point of view of the opposite gender, but Laidlaw really pulled it off. I loved Emma’s voice and the way she told her story. I particularly liked the inclusion of the Rossini Theorem, and the way it was incorporated into Emma’s narrative to show the influence it had on her life, even if I didn’t understand all of it.
It’s a slow burner, but one with a fantastic character journey which really does tug at the heart-strings.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.