Monday, December 21, 2015
Van Gogh Gone by Robin M. King
Author: Robin M. King
Publisher: Walnut Springs
Published: November 15th, 2015
Paperback: 242 pages
FTC FYI: Received an ebook copy and paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
“Espionage isn’t just her job, it’s a work of art.”
Seventeen-year-old Alexandra Stewart finally has a life worth remembering - a Spanish tutor who gives perfecto a new name, a roommate that could double as her sister, and a special role in a secret spy organization that exists in the basement of Brown University.
But when her colleague, Daly, returns from a recent trip to Moscow accompanied by a man she never thought she'd see again, Alex is ripped away from her life in Providence and sent across the globe in search of a stolen piece of art. In desperate need to find the Van Gogh painting, she will do anything to find it. Anything.
From Barcelona to Paris with only Daly at her side, the bonds of friendship are stretched as the duo uncover a truth neither one of them saw coming. Finding the painting could mean discovering a part of Alex she is ashamed could even exist, but without it, she could lose everything. The world around Alex threatens to corrupt the memories she holds most dear and the person she loves the most is at stake.
Van Gogh Gone starts right where Remembrant leaves off, and the action and suspense does not let up until the end. I love Alex. She is a fantastic and fascinating character. As I read, I was thinking how cool it would be to have her memory, but as I got further in the book, I thought of what a burden it would be. I loved how Robin showed the conflict and struggle Alex was experiencing. I loved the realization she has about it at the end of the book though. Alex has some hard decisions to make and I really enjoyed the end result. Truth always wins. I appreciated how the author used flashbacks, it didn't interfere with the pacing at all, and it was needed background information. A character returns that has a secret, well secrets, and that part really added to the story too, but it also brings more trouble for Alex. Alex also needed to make decisions about the men in her life, and I must say, I was happy with how that turned out as well. I'm excited for the next book!
4 out of 5 stars.
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