This book is an interesting mix of mystery and romance set in 1930s Burma, and swaps between the stories of Belle, a nightclub singer and Diana, her mother. I found it a gentle read, as Belle explores the mystery of her missing baby sister, although there are a couple of points of high tension. It’s nicely woven together and there’s clearly a huge amount of research that’s gone into the historical background of colonialism in that region. Ultimately I’d prefer something a little more tense and pacy, but if you’re a fan of historical fiction and in particular that between-the-wars period where colonialism was in a period of decline, I think you might love it.
This is a review of an advance copy provided by NetGalley and Penguin Books.