Look, I really, really wanted to like this book. It has a clever and original premise which I was looking forward to further development. The heroine is an interesting and rounded character. Mr Harkaway is good writer and obviously well read with a terrific vocabulary but I gradually started to think that he had swallowed a dictionary. Then I just got irritated with the digressions and obsession with Greek mythology. Sadly I couldn't finish it - I tried and gave it a rest and came back several times. Maybe it got better but it was just hard work and I read for relaxation and pleasure.