The story is shown through Sabine's journal entries documenting her rise to fame during the 1870s. The other parts take place in 1881 Seattle, four years after the murder, where she has assumed a different identity.
The journal entries were sometimes excruciating. I knew that she was young and everything, but good grief! She was dumb as a bag of rocks. Speaking of rocks, it seemed like all she needed was for someone to buy her a nice piece of sparkley jewelry after a fight and all was forgiven.
I did enjoy the scenes in Seattle and the inner turmoil that was going through Sabine's head as she started to get close to people, but had to lie to them to protect her past. However, despite her best efforts, she soon finds herself face-to-face with the demons she tried to keep hidden and her life is once again turned upside down.
I also enjoyed all the opera talk. I just love opera and it was one of the things that attracted me to this book.
Overall, I did enjoy Prima Donna. I wasn't blown away by it and there were some excruciating parts, like I said. Also, the ending was wrapped up just a little too neatly, like it felt a bit rushed, but it was a pretty good read.