Author: Laura Gascoigne
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
An intriguing tale of lost art and thief’s afoot with disastrous plans.
Patrick Phelan lives in North London and has always hoped to make it big as an artist. Instead he has settled for running art classes for amateurs in a shed behind his home. He has spent his life working on a series of canvases of The Seven Seals. Marty, his son, has always been up to no good. So when he comes to Phelan with an offer to make copies of paintings of modern masters, he is hesitant but reluctantly agrees for the money. The deal quickly turns into more than they could have planned for with fraud, kidnapping, murder and even the mafia involved.
I wanted to like this one, I really did. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me. When you first pick up the book, it looks to be a very quick read with just barely over two hundred pages. It quickly became apparent that it wasn’t going to be quick, I slogged through the pages but nothing got me interested. Part of the problem for me was the lack of dialogue that kept the story from flowing. There was a little bit here and there but not enough to keep the pages turning. The narrative was overwhelming with not having enough to satisfy readers. The premise is one that I think will interest art history enthusiast, but others will have a hard time getting into the story and sticking with it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.