Open Arms sets out to be a political thriller but fails to excite and presents a depressing view of the workings of government. It also shows the danger of predicting events in the near future – but then the author was not the only one who expected a crushing election defeat of the opposition by a female Conservative Prime Minister following the Brexit vote.
The plot had some interesting potential, but the heavy narrative style read more like a report of events so there was little feeling of suspense. The characters came over as types not people and even in intimate situations sounded as if they were summarising their position rather than conversing.
I would have liked much more of an insider’s feel for Westminster politics and characters I could connect with so that I cared about their triumphs and disasters.