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The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
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4.0 out of 5 stars A contemplative read, 21 Aug. 2014
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I have read the authors two previous books and am a fan of her writing, but Don,t really know how to correctly describe this book. There is a crime but it's more than your usual crime fiction.The book is about a boy who is visiting an art gallery with his mother when it is hit by an explosion ( a bomb?). Theo Decker survives but his mother is killed. While Theo is searching for his mother he sees an old man who is injured and dying and recognises him as the man he has seen earlier with a red headed girl looking at the artworks. Theo tries to help the old man who tells him to go, and to take the famous picture of the Goldfinch which his mother loved, with him. The story then takes you through Theo' s life after he leaves with the painting and into adulthood, it follows his relationships , the unrequited love he has for pippa the unsettled life he lives as a teenager with his alcoholic father in Vegas and the friendships he has with Boris, and Hobie who becomes the father figure Theo needs. The story is much more than that and takes you on a journey through the world of art and antiques, but is primarily about loss. The painting of the Goldfinch is a central character and what happens to it once Theo steals it takes many twists and turns. Not exactly a page turner, but interesting, enjoyable and quite philosophical and thought provoking at the end. Give it a go, and then read the other two books .

Rush of Blood
Rush of Blood
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rush of blood mark billingham, 22 May 2013
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I started to read this book On holiday, so the initial location of sunny Sarasota increased the enjoyment, but this is not nearly as good a read as the Tom Thorne novels, especially the early ones. The characters of the three couples weren't, as developed as in other books by the author, and the Jenny character made me cringe and wasn't,t believable. On the whole I enjoyed the book as a holiday read, but it wasn't as fast paced as I would like, with the twist at the end a little predictable.

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