It took me a while to get round to this book because I'm not much of a historical fiction reader. But I was looking through old reviews on my blog and found one of The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements. These two books are only set 40 years apart so I thought that it would be a good way to explore the historical fiction genre comfortably.
This book is pretty much the definition of a slow burn, it took me a good amount of time to read even though it's not a huge book. It was calm for a long time then so much drama, the hits just kept on coming over and over. This book deals with a lot of things; racism, homophobia, sexism, and just that times values in Amsterdam which was fascinating as I love that city but boy does it have a past.
I feel like this book was made for a re-read. There's so much detail and foreshadowing that I think would be amazing the second round when you know what is going on and how the story ends.
Review originally posted on Imogen’s Typewriter.