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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. Can t uite put my finger on why this didn t resonate with me but it didn t It may have been because I couldn t warm up to any of the characters and the whole story seemed rather flat Or maybe it was just my mood Sometimes that happensThanks to the publisher for the advance reading copy

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The Black Painting

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

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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. Thank you to the author Neil Olson Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an advanced reader copy of this bookI rated this book 25 stars I was so disappointed with this book because it had so much promise The setting and atmosphere lured me in an old mysterious house a painting by Goya that supposedly has a demon lurking inside it and a family with dark secrets All this sounds great rightThis book is a case study in what happens when characters aren t fully developed and when the storyline meanders without truly committing to a plot I really really wanted to love this book but the creepy old house and painting completely got left behind after the beginning of the book Teresa the main character was also supposed to be hiding a dark past or secret that I stopped caring about because it was only alluded to a few times The overall plot is that Teresa s grandfather passes away and her relatives descend upon his southern manor to see what he has left behind for them The grandfather was mean and cruel and there was an ordeal with him acuiring potentially via black market the Goya painting that curses those who look at it The Goya painting was stolen and it s unclear who took it Teresa is charged with uncovering the mystery of the stolen painting and potentially undergoing a mysterious surgery so that she can receive money from her grandfather s will There are so many side plots taking place in this book that I got lost and was constantly re reading the book to make sure I at least attempted to follow itI also had such a difficult time following the immense cast of characters because none of them were fully developed I often had no clue who they were when they popped up into the narrative By the time I was 80% into the book I didn t care about the characters and I didn t care about the ending It s a huge bummer because again the book started strong and faded due to the confusing cast of unpredictable unreliable and stiff characters


10 thoughts on “The Black Painting

  1. says:

    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 behi

  2. says:

    15 for the Goya partsThis was a book that might encourage one to go into a reading slump There was a lot going for it a c

  3. says:

    There is no doubt that Goya's paintings are disturbing And this mysterious and suspenseful was just as disturbing15 years after the theft of the supposedly cursed painting the four cousins are summoned back to the house of their gran

  4. says:

    Can't uite put my finger on why this didn't resonate with me but it didn't It may have been because I couldn't warm up to any of the characters and the whole story seemed rather flat Or maybe it was just my mood Sometimes that happensThanks t

  5. says:

    Four cousins summoned back by their grandfatherThe death of a family patriarchAn old mysterious houseA painting by Goya that has a demon lurking inside itAnd a family with dark secretsThis is what you can expect when you read The Black Painting by Neil Olson scheduled to be released in January of 2018 The mystery surrounding who took the painting from the parsimonious rapacious grandfather after he has uite possibly obtained

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    Nothing invokes sympathy than a tale about suabbling over privileged entitled rich brats suabbling over money when their eually asshole y patriarch grandfather dies unexpectedlyThe Morse cousins have been persona non grata ever since a priceless Goya painting disappeared from their grandfather's study years ago Suspicions arose between the

  8. says:

    Thank you to the author Neil Olson Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an advanced reader copy of this bookI rated this book 25 stars I was so disappointed with this book because it had so much promise The setting and atmosphere lured me in an old mysterious house a painting by Goya that supposedly has a demon lurking in

  9. says:

    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 i

  10. says:

    This book reminds me of the gothic mysteries I read as a young teenager a crazy family money to inherit secrets everywhere a mysterious painting A uick entertaining read A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher

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