A review by books_coffees_wines
Cleopatra and Frankenstein, by Coco Mellors


“Two parts contentment, one part desire. It seemed a good formula for living, though one she had not mastered yet”.

This book was such a pleasant surprise. It got me out of a reading slump and was an enjoyable read!

I have to admit I picked it up partially because I liked the cover and didn’t know much about the book. I’m so impressed that this is a debut, I look forward to reading what Mellors’ writes next!

Her writing is engaging, many of the characters are flawed, yet by the end, I felt they were becoming likeable as we start to understand them. I adored Eleanor and found myself laughing out loud at some of her dialogue with Frank. I loved the puns and the random facts.

Although the book centres around Cleo and Frank’s complicated marriage, we also get to see how other characters view their relationship from the outside.

Despite being humorous, it also covers some serious topics such as depression, suicide, loneliness, grief, trauma and addiction. It shows us how anyone can be lonely - even if they are surrounded by people. It also highlights that you never know what is going on in someone’s life or relationship, despite how it appears from the outside.

“We break. We put ourselves back together. The cracks are the best part. You don’t have to hide them.”

A brilliant book that I recommend. It is clever and funny, I also liked how it ended. This is a book that lived up to the hype for me.

4.5 ⭐️