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  • The Black Painting
  • Neil Olson
  • English
  • 03 December 2019
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The Black Painting

REVIEW É The Black Painting Neil Olson å 1 REVIEW FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ CHEM-MOSKOW.RU å Neil Olson L’s Point None of them has visited the family estate since they were children when a prized painting disappeared a self portrait by Goya rumoured to cause madness or death upon viewing Afterwards the family split apart amid the accusations and suspicions that followed its theftAny hope that their grandfather planned to make amends evaporate. I ve often enjoyed novels about art and art history So much can be hidden in works of art that they are the perfect topic to base a mystery on I remember reading a few years ago that art curators had discovered in a portrait a miniature self portrait of the artist rendered as the reflection in the pupil of eye the subject painted century s before I digress but this is an example of the fascinating things that make the art world the perfect setting for a novelNeil Olson apparently agrees as both of his novels to date center around works of art in this case a supposed fifteenth painting created during Francisco Goya s Black Painting phase a self portrait reputedly able to induce death or madness in those who view it In this Olson s second noel wealthy New England patriarch Arthur Morse has summoned his many offspring and descendants home to his estate to discusswho knows The first of his grandchildren arrive to find him dead on the floor his face a mask of terror and his sightless eyes gazing fixedly at the spot where his prized possession the aforementioned cursed Goya self portrait would have stood had it not been stolen several years ago under mysterious circumstances As the rest of the family arrives the reader begins to see that this odd assemblage is about as far from being a big happy family as one can imagine Past events including the disappearance of the painting have left them paranoid suspicious traumatized and unable to trust each other What is happening at Owl s Point is anybody s guess but you can be sure that a lot of ugly secrets will be uncovered before the whole story is revealed Olson writes with a sensitivity most often found in female authors which allows him to focus on the inner angst and psychological torment of the Morse family s many members especially Teresa art history student and youngest granddaughter who suffered an unknown trauma during the original events and whose discovery of her grandfather s body threatens to send her over the deep end again My impression of this book was that it focused too much on the dysfunctional Morse family and not enough on the mystery Olson can definitely write but I d like to see him tighten up his plot and focus on the mystery that is ultimately what keeps the reader engaged The review was based on an advanced reading copy obtained at no cost from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review While this does take any not worth what I paid for it statements out of my review it otherwise has no impact on the content of my reviewFYI On a 5 point scale I assign stars based on my assessment of what the book needs in the way of improvements5 Stars Nothing at all If it ain t broke don t fix it4 Stars It could stand for a few tweaks here and there but it s pretty good as it is3 Stars A solid C grade Some serious rewriting would be needed in order for this book to be considered great or memorable2 Stars This book needs a lot of work A good start would be to change the plot the character development the writing style and the ending 1 Star The only thing that would improve this book is a good bonfire


REVIEW É The Black Painting Neil Olson å 1 REVIEW FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ CHEM-MOSKOW.RU å Neil Olson S when Teresa arrives to find the old man dead his horrified gaze pinned upon the spot where the painting once hung As the family gathers and suspicions mount Teresa hopes to find the reasons behind her grandfather’s death and the painting’s loss But to do so she must uncover ugly family secrets and confront those who would keep them hidd. I noped my way out of The Black Painting at 50% I think I would have enjoyed it had I read it but the Audio Book was a hard no for me The narrator didn t spark my interest and the story meandered too much to really benefit from the formatThe premise of The Black Painting sounded promising I do love Goya s work and the idea of a cursed painting tickled me But 50% of the way through there was minimal discussion about the art and way too much time spent with one dimensional characters And don t even get me started on the way the women are written There are no strong female characters and I was constantly distracted by the fact that the female characters were objectified and far too often described in terms of their breastsAdd to that a stream of rhetorical uestions from the protagonist Teresa and repetitive settings and characterisation and there was just no way I could bring myself to finish it Definitely interested to know if the physical reading experience is any different but the Audio Book is undoubtedly not a recommendation from me

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REVIEW É The Black Painting Neil Olson å 1 REVIEW FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ CHEM-MOSKOW.RU å Neil Olson There were four cousins in the Morse family perfect Kenny the preppy West Coast lawyer; James the shy but brilliant medical student; his seductive hard drinking sister Audrey; and Teresa youngest and most fragile haunted by the fear that she has inherited the madness that possessed her fatherTheir grandfather summons them to his mansion at Ow. Why This Book I stumbled on this via NetGalley several months ago The cover was creepy and it revolved around a family mystery involving a missing painting and the death of a grandfather I had to add it to my TBR then they awarded it to me I am trying to clear off all NetGalley books by 1231 so I can start the new year with a clean slate so this was last week s choice Plot Characters Setting The Morse family head passes away leaving behind a few children and four grandchildren all after his money to varying levels or degrees He may or may not have a lot they re unsure Yet there was a mysterious Goya painting that had been stolen and could still be lurking around The family all come home to his Owl s Point New England estate to attend the funeral and will after someone finds him dead Each family member particularly the cousins are all a bit kooky and very focused on the painting As the story unfolds you learn different components of the past especially where everyone was the day the painting went missing We soon learn the grandfather may have been murdered and the family begins pointing fingers at one another including their grandfather s housekeeper and confidant Ilsa There s also a small fantasy element in knowing the painting might have a ghost that makes anyone who views it go mad Approach Style I read this 300 page novel in 5 hours over a weekend It s told in third person POV with a perspective from each of the major family members I read it on my iPad via Kindle Reader Key Feedback This was a tough read I found myself skimming way too often I very much looked forward to the family drama suspense and mystery elements These all existed but something was missing It was very difficult to connect with the characters everything was uite vague It felt like the story focused on the smallest of details and went on for pages on actions that had no true bearing on character development or plot That said the writing style and tone were very strong The author clearly writes well but I think the characters didn t match the plot in this book In the end I enjoyed parts of it but it could have been so much with a different approach I wouldn t necessarily recommend it to others as a good read but there s nothing bad about it It just didn t have a great impact on me perhaps I am the wrong audience for it uestions Final Thoughts So much about this book had potential And for some readers it s probably going to be uite strong For me the most memorable component was that it just always felt 10% off the mark in terms of what I like in a family drama I am curious to see other works by this author in the future as I think the writing and talent is present About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I m Jay an author who lives in NYC My debut novel Watching Glass Shatter can be purchased on I write A LOT I read A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge words and humor You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators