Bonfire of the Vanderbilts by Gerald Everett Jones

Rating: 3/5


Genre: Mystery within a mystery within a mystery….


Recommended Age: 16+ (sexual references)


Pages: 446


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Disclaimer: I received this book for free for promotion from Black Chateau. Thanks! All opinions are my own.


Synopsis: In 1892 Paris, Julius Stewart painted The Baptism, a Vanderbilt family scene that contains an embarrassing secret. In the present day, art historian Grace Atwood becomes obsessed with the painting and its hidden clues for reasons that have more to do with her personal ghosts. Either her doting husband is trying to make her think she’s crazy, or she really is in the early stages of dementia.


I’ve never been one for art. I’ve always been the person who walks past an art exhibit to the cookie counter (there needs to be more of those in art museums). But I like mysteries and I was intrigued by the sound of this book so I decided to read it. I liked the overall story and I felt the plot was intriguing. I felt that if I was an art lover this would be my dream book and it definitely made me appreciate the hidden meanings and messages in art more.


However, this book wasn’t for me. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in this novel and I felt that the pacing was way too fast and the writing was a bit off for the type of book this should have been. I think this book has a lot of potential though and maybe with the right people it’s amazing, but for me it was just average.


Verdict: This book is for the art lovers in your life.

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