I usually love this author but I didn't care for this book. The story was ok, but I got lost in the long Italian names and language. I wasn't sure who was who half the book which in turn made the reading unemployable and I ended up not caring about the characters. Hopefully her next book will be back to what I expect of this author.
This book is a wonderful historical account of not only Caravaggio's life and imagined demise, but a contemporary action-filled drama about the discovery of a previously unknown painting by him.
Lucia and Professor Richman get off to a somewhat rocky start in their relationship, but are destined to become fast friends. Add the charming Moto into the mix and we have three very likable characters to star in this engaging novel. I have to admit that I did not care for Caravaggio. Then I read the historical notes at the end of the book and discovered that that was the way people spoke early in the 17th Century. It is amazing that such a dissolute character could be such a genius when it came to painting. (I googled him to view some of his work.)
The authors certainly did their research before writing this novel. Caravaggio was a figure to whom I had never given much thought before.
This book is very well written. The sentences flow easily and the story moves along nicely. Getting to know the characters was enjoyable. I truly enjoyed reading the book and will certainly look for other works by Linda Lafferty and Andy Stone.
I want to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Press for forwarding to me a copy of of this book for me to read, enjoy and review.
Again, I’ve struggled with how many stars. I settled on 3.5 but because half stars not an option, I upped it to 4* I finished this book last week but life has been busy and hectic and I wanted to think about it a little before decided on a rating. On one hand, the story grabbed me right away. I really enjoy historical fiction about famous artists. Years ago I happened to be fortunate enough to see a Caravaggio and the darkness and style intrigued me. I did see a PBS show about him once too. Years ago, reading “Girl With a Pearl Earring” caused me to love this genre. I thoroughly liked reading “The Passion of Artemesia” and was glad to see her mentioned in this book. When I read this kind of book I’m constantly going to internet to see the picture being mentioned and this book was no different. Most times I found this book a page turner. On the negative side – I felt it could have used some editing, did not have to be this long. The current day ‘mystery’ was not as interesting and seemed to drag a bit. My first thoughts upon starting this book were “The DaVinci Code” and Dan Brown. However, that did not live up to my hopes. What really annoyed me, however, was the constant use of Italian and then the translation of the sentence or phrase after that. It seemed to bog down the story also. I do not speak Italian but most times I was able to figure out easily what was said. Yes, we are in Italy with Italians – did this have to be pointed out to us so often? Bottom line is that I did enjoy the time I spent in Italy and learning more about Caravaggio and the speculation of what happened to him. He certainly was a character!
I listened to this book on my way to and from work and I couldn’t wait to get back in the car! I have been fortunate enough to have actually seen some of Caravaggio’s paintings in Rome and wish now I could go back and see them again. Caravaggio was not a ‘nice’ man but he was a genius and I felt I was right there in 17th century Rome with him. And in Naples and in Malta. Now I want to go back to Italy and see his work with a new appreciation. I definitely suggest Googling his paintings as you read. I was appalled at many of the choices Caravaggio made but felt I had some insight into why he was the man he was. The contemporary storyline that is woven into the historical story is equally captivating: fast moving and suspenseful with 3 interesting characters I truly cared about. I was sorry when I got to the end of this book!
This started a bit... Slow for me. I enjoyed what I was reading but I wanted to skip the first little bit. I'm glad I didn't, it was necessary. A fun, exciting read that exceeded what I was already expecting. I enjoy books that are rich with art and history.