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rdoak03’s #CBR4 Review #6: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I dived into this massive tome, but I knew I liked The Swan Thieves and wanted to see more from this author. It ended up containing all my favorite things!


sevenstories’ #CBR4 Review #6: The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Going to back to work last week has really thrown a spanner in my reading and reviewing good start. And the fact that I found it difficult to review this really average book.

Dr Andrew Marlow has a perfectly ordered life, full of devotion to his work and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned artist Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery and becomes his patient. As Oliver refuses to speak, Marlow’s only clue is the beautiful haunted woman Oliver paints obsessively, day after day. Who is she, and what strange hold does she have over this tormented genius? Desperate to help, Marlow embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver, and to a dark story at the heart of French Impressionism – a tragedy that ripples out to touch present-day lives.”

Ultimately, this is a novel of wasted potential. Kostova  has demonstrated her writing talent in The Historian and I liked the basic plot of the novel as well as learning a little about Impressionism as well. However it is too long and wordy with too many unnecessary and detailed conversations between characters meaning the story drags and I lost interest. I will most likely read whatever Kostova publishes next in the hope that it lives up to her undeniable potential.

You can read the full review on my blog.

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