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I thought the first half of this book was so beautifully written. The author does an excellent job of letting the reader experience the acceleration of menace behind this dysfunctional family and concern for Nathan as he gets more and more deeply involved. While I can’t say that I really liked any of the characters very much, even Nathan, I had to keep reading to see where it would all go. I feel that the book loses some of its raw beauty in the second half of the book, which degenerates a bit into an art forgery thriller, though there is still the desire to know whether Nathan will choose love of his art or his love of Anais.
This book was given to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.