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B.A. Shapiro, author of six novels (including “The Safe Room”) and four screenplays, wrote this amazing book centered on Boston’s contemporary art world. Her protagonist, Claire, is a survivor, having been betrayed three years ago by a former boyfriend and the art world at large, she is struggling to get the recognition she has long been denied when an established art dealer presents her with a unique way to seek revenge.
Nearly 25 years ago, the largest, unsolved art theft in history occurred at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Now, one of those stolen paintings, Degas’s legendary “After the Bath”, falls into Claire’s lap with a request to create an undetectable copy. Claire takes the deal for the money and for a chance to pull one over on her critics, even if she will be the only one to ever know if she pulls it off. But taking on that “deal with the devil” leads her on a journey into “Bella’s” past and into the dark world of art forgery, all while she wrestles with her own conscience.
Expertly weaving together glimpses into Claire’s past with details of the museum theft and “Bella’s” own letters, Shapiro tells a story that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Shapiro makes Claire immensely likable, you immediately sympathize when she is betrayed by someone she loves, and you find yourself frantically rooting for Claire to prevail, to get revenge on those who have wronged her and to solve a piece of the puzzle that has beaten the world’s best investigators for decades.
I listened to this book on Audible.com and was hooked. I highly recommend it as a book that will keep you in suspense, guessing at what comes next. I was hugely disappointed when it ended.