Big thanks to Liz McHale for her guest review of the bestselling title, Conclave. Here are her thoughts:
From the moment I started reading this book I could not put it down. Robert Harris draws you in from the start, you really feel you are there.
118 Cardinals come together to elect a new Pope. Simple? Anything but!
Central to the unfolding story, Cardinal Lomeli, confidant to the late Pope and Dean of the College of Cardinals struggles to make sense of the death of the Pope and the enormous task of organising the Conclave.
The wonderful descriptions of the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel and the surrounding buildings guide you through the heart of the Catholic Church and the hierarchy that dwells within.
There are ego's, friendships, alliance's, secrets and the appearance, at the last minute, of a new member to vote.
"I'm afraid there's nothing simple about it"
Some are pure of heart, some wallow in a sense of their own importance, some have secrets only a few are privy to. All this leads to a very organised and not so pure system of voting. Will the most deserving become the next Pope or the one others are afraid to stand up to. As the voting begins you find yourself taking sides also.
I was so disappointed when I came to the last page as I wanted the story to continue, but.....the last page gives the biggest surprise of all !!
*We received a copy of this title, via the publishers, in return for an honest review.
Conclave is published by Arrow and is available in paperback and ebook format. Available from all good bookshops and via the amazon link below: