I feel like someone somewhere decided to try an experiment and mix mathematical theory and a romance novel. You read that right. I’m sure there are some people in the world who might be able to wrap their mind around this, but I don’t think I’m one of them.
Part of the problem was that the plot part of the book was a little disturbing. The setting of the book is a woman, Nina, reflecting on her life over the course of one night. Her husband has died while she was preparing dinner. In between her reflections on their life together there would be brief flashes to the present where she chronicled her husband’s body slowly cooling.
They had what was from the outside a very normal life. On the inside there was deception, betrayal and a few other nasty things. It did make you wonder how they managed (or even why) to stay married.
Sprinkled through the rest are Philip’s lessons on mathematical theory. They are slightly related to the plot, but they were well over my head and quite a downer for me.
Unless you’re a math lover, I can’t really recommend this book. The whole novel in a night is an interesting premise, but I didn’t feel it was executed particularly well. Perhaps it was the fact that Nina was not a likeable character and Philip struck me as a bore.