I feel very so- so about this book, it definitely wasn't a light read by any means. I was drawn into the plot at the very beginning with a tale of adoption and of adoptive and birth mother becoming friends. This felt like a good set up to an interesting book but I felt kind of lost after it got more in depth.The characters weren't all that likable to me, especially Simon who seems to be an anti hero. I didn't feel much warmer towards Roza either. I felt like there were bigger societal and political implications and connections trying to be drawn by the author but I couldn't quite get there. Simon's insecurities and his desire to rise higher in his life in particular seemed to be an overarching theme to the book.Overall the book was well written but I wasn't drawn in.I received this ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.