I read Sigrid Brunel's first novel and enjoyed it so much that I bought this book without seeking opinion. Although it is well written and some issues pull at the heart strings, I find the characters disquieting. With many twists and turn, the main character seeks pleasures in brothels or amongst ladies of the evening, as it were. STD's alone would warrant that behavior dangerous. The introduction of the new lover, a model turned photographer, is less than satisfying. She falls in love with her and as the main character leaves her to go to ladies in waiting, she wonders where she is going. Once the rumors get to her ear, she then wonders why she (the main character) won't seek pleasure in her.
Also, there is a disturbing scene when the pressure is on to rescue the main character's cousin from familial abduction. Stress mounts and the two characters (main & now lover) argue and come to blows. Although all is forgotten and patched up, those scenes again are at least disquieting from my perspective.
I did not enjoy the book. A women going to brothels, prostitution, a slap to someone's face, is not entertainment.
It glossed over the issues of abduction, female mutilation, gender annihilation, that the author illustrates with striking clarity and is common in these parts of the world.
All told, I would read another book by this author.