I am an eternal follower of Kostova because I loved The Historian so much. That means I will (eventually) drag myself through even this book, which tells a lengthy story about political persecution in postwar Bulgaria.
As always, it’s well-written, but it was mistake to get it on audiobook, where I had to sit (drive, actually) through the endless travails of the narrator, who discovers the story of a political prisoner in Bulgaria during its tenure at a communist satellite of the Soviet Union. I could have sped-read through much of it and gotten the story without marinating in the misery. Yeah, that’s shallow of me, I know, but this is one I came really close to never finishing.