After building a career in the galleries and museums of Amsterdam, art theorist Hanna has returned to Iceland to what she hopes will be a posh new job. Though small, the museum in Reykjavik has a sterling reputation - one sure to be burnished by a valuable piece donated by a wealthy patron. Painted by Iceland’s most beloved 20th-century artist, the acquisition is poised to become the jewel of the museum’s collection - until a conservator announces it’s a fake.
Determined to preserve the museum’s reputation and bolster her own, Hanna delves deep into the shadowy world of art forgery, where she will discover an unexpected truth framed by a half-century of lies.
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A meandering story about Fine Art
I wouldn't recommend this book unless my friend was really interested in art and art galleries. I felt that not a lot happened in the novel, characters were not developed well and the plot, when evident, jumped about a lot. I bought this book because it is by an Icelandic writer. Maybe I was expecting a different type of book.
I felt the ending was a bit lame. The 'love interest' which was hardly there anyway just fizzled out.
I think this book is a 'rites of passage' for middle aged women. If so it definitely had the wrong ending.
I haven't heard this reader before. She reads well and does numerous different voices with conviction. I guess she isn't British as she read a couple of words wrongly. I remember particularly the word 'plait' which she read as 'plate' which confused me somewhat for a minute. 'She wore her hair in a long blonde plate!'
I don't think this story is dramatic enough for TV or film. THere are too many locations and flashbacks too.
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