Often I purposely try and avoid books that are getting a lot of buzz simply because I just can't make myself jump on the bandwagon. However, when I saw The Art Forger by B A Shapiro as a selection on Amazon Vine, I couldn't pass up the chance to read a book receiving so much praise.
Claire Roth is an aspiring artist, making her living working for Repro.com, a company that pays her to reproduce famous works of art. However, Claire, who struggles financially, is taken in by Aiden Markel, the owner of a gallery, who presents her with an odd chance at fame and fortune. She is being hired to reproduce a famous Degas' painting that was stolen in a 1990 art heist, and he will give her her own show at his gallery. Not only is the money enticing, but Claire's reputation isn't very good after she accused her ex-boyfriend, Isaac, of taking the credit for one of her paintings.
The plot thickens as Claire, who worries about the repercussions of her decision, finds herself in the middle of some intrigue and historical research of Degas' work.
I enjoyed The Art Forger, although the description of the details of painting techniques were hard for me to imagine. My knowledge of the art world is minimal, so I did appreciate this look into this community. I also found Shapiro's book entertaining and suspenseful as I raced to discover what would happen to Claire.