The story is based around the infamous Hope diamond - an object that I have found fascinating since viewing a documentary on it last year.
Dr Abigail Mitchell has spent many years of her life researching and obsessing over this beautiful gem and as the word's most renowned expert on its history she is employed by the Smithsonian museum where it is currently displayed. However, the gem is wanted by a group called The Collectors who place orders for priceless works of art. Alex and his brother Isaac are the thieves tasked with obtaining the diamond - a seemingly impossible task.
The modern day story of the threat to the diamond is cleverly interwoven with tales from its long history which give us an insight into how the famous curse impacted on the lives of its many owners. Much of the history is accurately covered although some padding has had to be included because early records of the diamond are vague or missing.
This book is not without its faults - and there are a few. There is a fair amount of repetition of the facts. We are told numerous times about how much was paid for the diamond, we are told over and over again that it is displayed in a 3 inch thick bullet proof glass casing and we are told a number of times that it is the most viewed museum object in the world - although Wikipedia disagrees, stating it is the second most viewed object. For the most part, you only need to be told these facts once, twice at a push. On the third and fourth reading of them they start to feel awkward and unnecessary.
There are also some other inaccuracies; about 75% into the book the author talks of Henry Winston diamonds, I think that should be Harry Winston. She also states that a six month stretch of surveillance feed was sent as an email attachment - I doubt very much that a file that huge could be sent by email. There is also one particularly cheesy part where Marie Antoinette spouts the infamous line of 'let them eat cake'.
Some parts of the story are a bit far fetched - I don't want to give details here as it would spoil the plot. If you like things to be completely realistic and accurate then there are definitely sections that will annoy you. If you are happy to just take the story at face value and not question it too deeply then you can overlook the flaws and enjoy the book for what it is.
So with all of the errors I note above, why did I still give the book five stars? Because for the most part if a plot is good enough (which this one is) and it is generally well written (which this one is) then I am happy to overlook the odd few errors - especially when it was a free download. If something can keep me up reading it until the early hours of the morning then I would class it as an 'I love it' book.
Overall, I found that the plot was imaginative and intriguing. There were the expected twists - some of which were possible to guess approximately mid-way through, others I didn't see coming. In short, it was very easy to turn the pages and to quickly get involved in the story. If you enjoy this style of book then once started, you will find it difficult to put down - I read it from start to finish in just one day. Definitely worth giving it a go if you enjoy a thriller with a bit of history and romance thrown in.
This book has been published by a Christian publisher and I did wonder if it might be a bit preachy. There were almost NO Christian references or messages within the book save for a few comments on Abby's love of church architecture and one page right at the end of the book where she visits a church.