Friday, February 26, 2016

Review: The Girl in the Painting by Kirsty Ferry

Book Blurb:

What if you thought you knew a secret that could change history? 

Whilst standing engrossed in her favourite Pre-Raphaelite painting – Millais's Ophelia – Cori catches the eye of Tate gallery worker, Simon, who is immediately struck by her resemblance to the red-haired beauty in the famous artwork. 

The attraction is mutual, but Cori has other things on her mind. She has recently acquired the diary of Daisy, a Victorian woman with a shocking secret. As Cori reads, it soon becomes apparent that Daisy will stop at nothing to be heard, even outside of the pages of her diary … 

Will Simon stick around when life becomes increasingly spooky for Cori, as she moves ever closer to uncovering the truth about Daisy’s connection to the girl in her favourite painting?

My Review:

In The Girl In the Painting, Kirsty Ferry too me into a world of art and intrigue!  Kirsty writes an intricate tale that took me on a very unexpected journey in The Girl in the Painting.

I really liked the hero and heroine.  Simon is an artist working in the Tate gallery who is attracted to Cori from the moment he sees her.  Cori has moved to London, following her dreams after heart break with no intention of getting together with anyone else for the time being.  Circumstances draw Simon and Cori together though, and the attraction that I could feel between them slowly grows.  I liked how they were together and how their relationship evolved.  They have a common interest to start with, and from there everything intensifies.  

And intensify it does!  The world of art is also a world of mystery and secrets at times, and when Cori begins following a long ago trail that starts with a woman in a painting, the pace of The Girl in the Painting really picked up and sucked me in.  Trying to find out the truths of the past starts getting scary though, and soon Cori's experiences become exhilarating and thrilling.  Kirsty weaves in a big spook factor in a way that makes you think it just might happen...  I liked how this was done.   The twists in the plot were unexpected and exciting in all the right ways.  The mystery of the past draws Cori and Simon closer, as well as a group of friends, and I liked how these people interacted with each other and within the plot of the story.  I also really love the setting of this book, and parts of London come to life and are easy to visualize.

The different angles of the plot weave together well, and the pace is great.  I felt like nothing else could surprise me in this story, but Kirsty still manages to do just that and draw everything to a powerful, heart fulfilling conclusion.  I'd recommend The Girl in the Mirror to any romance reader who likes some supernatural and suspense blended in!

4/5 stars

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