The Art Forger: Book Review by Arlene.
The Art Forger Review
Claire Roth, an aspiring young artist, has a Boston studio apartment and is the central character throughout. She makes a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner to forge a Degas painting stolen in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist in exchange for a one woman art show in his gallery.
As Claire begins her work on the forgery she begins to suspect the original painting delivered to her apartment may very well be a forgery itself.
She begins her quest to unravel the truth and as she pursues her interest in the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner herself begins to reveal a relationship into this world of art not imagined.
The Art Forger Recommendation
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts and the details of the 1990 robbery that occurred there are factual, and as Shapiro noted, the robbery remains the longest unsolved art heist in history.
The Art Forger is a work of literary fiction inter-laced with fact. It brings you into the world of Fine Art and, in my opinion B.A. Shapiro nailed it with her extensive research into the world of art history and art forgery plus her own imagination. She created unique and interesting characters who develop as the plot thickens into this page turner until the very end of the book. I did not find the ending of the book to be predictable so as to prematurely give the conclusion away.
As mentioned in our monthly suggested reading, The Art Forger is a Boston Globe Best Crime Book of 2012. It certainly lives up to that claim as you will feel the vibe of the city of Boston come alive as you go along with Claire for her quest of the truth.
The Art Forger is described as a multi-layered narrative with a sense of moral consequences and lives up to that description.
Skillfully plotted, The Art Forger book will entertain you and keep you turning the pages. Although you may stop for a cup of coffee or tea to enjoy as you continue on reading,
The Art Forger will keep you entranced as you delve deeper and deeper into this addicting novel.
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