Thursday 6 September 2012

Painting by Numbers by Tom Gillespie - Book Review

Title: Painting by Numbers
Author: Tom Gillespie
Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing
Publication Date: 6 September 2012
Pages: 245
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Literary / Thriller
Source: Review Copy from Author


Day after day, Jacob Boyce – faltering academic and failing husband – visits a 17th century allegorical painting which hangs in a Glasgow art gallery. By using a series of measurements and calculations, he attempts to create a mathematical theory that will decipher the code locked into its canvas.

As more of the painting’s hidden secrets are revealed, and he meets a mysterious young woman, Jacob’s life spirals into chaos.

The object of his obsession has begun to move.
Painting by Numbers is a dark, surreal thriller that follows one man’s relentless pursuit into an old truth buried deep within. (Goodreads Synopsis)

This was a story that caught my attention right from the start and held it till the end. Jacob is a fascinating and well-drawn character and I felt deeply involved with his story as he tried to unravel the mystery of the painting and began a chase across Europe.

The pacing in this book was skilfully managed and Gillespie really captures the reader's excitement as the action cranks up a notch. I must say that the ending was suspenseful - I really didn't see it coming at all. The sudden change was a little confusing at first, but then it clicks and you realise what is going on.

This is a great literary thriller that will keep you guessing right to the last page.

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