On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art, today worth over $500 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye.
Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.
Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.
©2012 Barbara Shapiro (P)2012 HighBridge Company
"A clever, twisty novel about art, authenticity, love, and betrayal. B. A. Shapiro knows about Degas, and she knows about art theft and forgery, and she also knows how to tell a gripping story." (Tom Perrotta)
No. I didn't like the narrator and the story was dragged out. Not able to care I read only for protagonist.
Ok for female but males voices unappealing and they all sounded the same. Cadence was off and each male exactly the same sound.
Not for me. It's a done deal. Enough of the protagonist that I had no feeling for in one book, let alone another.
Ok, this is nothing at all like the art world that actually exists. This book is really over the top silly, which would be fine if it wasn't also just bad. The ethical positions that the character takes over and over again are not just questionable, but wrong. The storyline is extremely scattered and there are a lot of pointless subplots that peter out with no resolution.
Poor lady. The character was so annoying that I don't think any narrator could have made her likeable, but Sands has a nasal inflection to her voice that really underscored the character's flaws.
Paradoxically, I like the research done about forgery in general, but I also got bored by the endless techniques .. I am not a painter and the technicalities went above my head. I imagine artists would appreciate it . The character of the struggling artist is very detailed and rings true. The story is ok but his is not a book that you are dying to come back to . .
This could be a case of the actual book is better than the audio version. The book seemed to really drag on. As I listened to the narrator and sometimes replayed a line in my head I realized that it was Xe Sands' narration that made everyone sound depressed and uninterested with the world. But I am not sure whether that was present, at least to the same degree, in the actual words.
I thought maybe this would be like Dan Brown with an art twist, but really this was a book about art with a little bit of mystery thrown in. I would only recommend to true art fanatics.
I liked the print better.
It moved quickly and kept me interested
A friend had suggested this book and I am so glad she did!
While parts of this book were quite interesting, the narration was not very good. All of Ms. Sands' male characters sounded the same, like they had strep throat as well as a hangover. The big surprise at the end was pretty obvious for the last three hours of the book.
Not from the author but the narrator did a fine enough job.
The protagonist. She was annoying, weak-willed, naive, and her catharsis was next to nothing. I only hope the author intended this. Come to think of it, the protagonist wasn't just naive, she was plain stupid after falling for the same con.
I don't usually read books twice, some probably won't listen to it again - but I did find myself wishing it would go on, revisiting the story in my head for days after I finished it.
It was a good story, and well told. I liked the art world setup, the mix of historical detail and contemporary narrative, the plot was very compelling and not too trite or predictable - it was very fun.
Breathy; vocal fry
It's a good name
I did not like the reader. At one point I almost stopped listening because it was getting unbearable (but I pulled through... Glad I did). Somehow she made most conversations sound like sexual situations or over-dramatic exchanges.
As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
Fascinating! I thoroughly enjoyed!!!
Book ended a little quickly though...almost like the story was finished in a hurry. I would read another book on this topic by this author!!! Refreshing.
Not really. I enjoyed the basic context of the story, but I found myself more frustrated with the characters than anything else.
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