Friday, May 27, 2016
Van Gogh Gone by Robin King
Alexandra Stewart's eidetic memory won't let her forget anything, ever. And finally she 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 spy organization with secret headquarters at Brown University. When Alex's colleague Daly returns from a covert mission in Moscow, he is accompanied by a man she hoped she would never see again. He claims he can bring back to her a loved one she d thought was gone forever. But the price he demands could be impossible to pay: Alex must find and retrieve a stolen Van Gogh painting. From Barcelona to Paris, Alex and Daly's friendship is stretched as they uncover a truth neither one of them saw coming. Alex s unusual gift may help her protect the people she cares about, but will her choices compromise everything else that matters to her?
This was a masterful continuation of the first book. Many times in series we see a continuation of the same theme over and over in the following books, but not this one. In Van Gogh Gone we may still have the same characters, but a whole new dynamic appears among the characters forcing them to learn and grow and decide what really matters in their lives and the lives of those they care about.
Alex's struggles with who she is and how her choice can change everything becomes an even more important decision in this installment. On top of all that we also get an amazing trip into the world of espionage and art theft, and it isn't always the bad guys stealing the art . . . or is it?
King has once again created a story that is impossible to put down until the very last page and even then I left hoping for more. :) The twists and turns will keep you guessing and in the end you'll be surprised by the decisions Alex must make.
Two thumbs up!!!