I loved this book. It started out slow but about 60 pages in, it clicked for me and I couldn't read it fast enough. I enjoyed how it was written....going back and forth from past to present. The past primarily represented by letters of Belle Gardner and the present, the meat of the story, which included the forgery or as it was referred to, a copy of a copy. One of the things that struck me as so true is we often see only what we want to see and that we all have lines we are willing to cross for whatever reason...we just have to figure how far we will go.
Though this book is based on an actual event most of it is fictional but there was a lot of accuracies regarding art, the art world, paints, textures and forgery techniques; maybe more than most people want to know but I found it fascinating. I definitely recommend this book to others.
A book that intrigues me from page one doesn't happen very often and this one pulled me in immediately. I love a story that combines real people and true events like the 21 year old, $500 million dollar unsolved art theft from a Boston museum with a fictional storyline about Clare, a young talented artist struggling to make a name for herself. This is a "can't put it down" book and I loved it!