2015/09/05

Book Review:
The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman

Title: The Gravity of Birds
Author: Tracey Guzeman
Published: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 320
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
Thomas Bayber, a brilliant but eccentric painter, hasn't lifted his brush in over twenty years. So when he calls over Dennis Finch, an art history professor and somewhat of a friend, and tells him he has a painting he wishes to sell, Finch is thrilled but doubtful.

The painting is a portrait of himself and two sisters; Alice and Natalie Kessler. But there are two pieces missing from the work, each in the hands of Alice and Natalie. Bayber will not sell the work unless it is whole and sends of Finch and an art authenticator named Stephen to find the two women who seem to have vanished into thin air.


Review:
I knew absolutely nothing about this book when I started it, and found this book to be quite enjoyable, but nothing extraordinary.

The sibling relationship in this book is what I loved most. The sisters and how they are with each other is fascinating to read about, and it was great to find all the pieces to fit together to see why they were like that.

I found some of the characters really interesting, but thought the characters set in present time took up too much space - I only wanted to know what had happened with Alice and Natalie. The current lives of Finch and Stephen were of little to no interest to me. I also found parts of the ending to be a bit unnecessary; I felt like parts of the ending should've truly moved me and they just didn't.

This is somewhat of an interesting story, but for me, there was nothing remarkable about it. It is an average but decent mystery novel that blends contemporary and historical fiction, with some fairly compelling art elements. And if that sounds like your jam, then you should read this.


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