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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 A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House 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

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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. 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 grandfather When Teresa and Audrey arrive they find the man dead His face a frozen mask of horror and fearuestions fly as they find out the boys had all ready met with the grandfather and now not only is the man dead but his housekeeper is missingWhen the entire family descends on the manor we uickly see that they are a cursed bunch Whether the painting actually was possessed by a demon or whether the fear was instilled deliberately these were some very messed up charactersTeresa who has some mysterious illness that we never found out exactly what it was was probably the only innocent in the bunch however I felt the characters weren t developed to the point that we knew or cared about any of them In the end it appeared greed was the motive for everyone s actions and whether they were all stark raving mad to begin with or became that way later isn t clear The tale is a fine idea but the character development I felt was lackingNetgalleyHanover Release January 09 2018 Matthews Choice 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. There is no doubt that Goya s paintings are disturbing And this mysterious and suspenseful was just as disturbing15 The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, years after the theft of the supposedly cursed painting the four cousins are summoned back to the house of their grandfather When Teresa and Audrey arrive they find the man dead His face a frozen mask of horror and fearuestions fly as they find out the boys had all ready met with the grandfather and now not only is the man dead but his housekeeper is missingWhen the entire family descends on the manor we uickly see that they are a cursed bunch Whether the painting actually was possessed by a demon or whether the fear was instilled deliberately these were some very messed up charactersTeresa who has some mysterious illness that we never found out exactly what it was was probably the only innocent in the bunch however I felt the characters weren t developed to the point that we knew or cared about any of them In the end it appeared greed was the motive for everyone s actions and whether they were all stark raving mad to begin with or became that way later isn t clear The tale is a fine idea but the character development I felt was lackingNetgalleyHanover Release January 09 2018

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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. 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 it from the black market remains mysterious throughout the novel The main character Teresa is charged with the unraveling of the Goya painting disappearance There was a myriad of characters and it was uite easy to get lost when reading along Some of the characters I felt were very forgettable and possibly even excessive however Olson spins a mystery reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel Overall I rated this novel 3 out of 5 stars for the creativity and suspense created within this gripping novel by OlsonI received an ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review I would like to thank Netgalley Hanover Suare Press and the talented author Neil Olson for the opportunity to read and review The Black Painting


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 f

  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 creepy house a rich family with lots of secrets and the piece de resistancea painting that supposedly had a demon living in

  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 grandfather When Teresa and Audrey arrive they find the man dead His face a frozen mask of horror and fearuestions fly as they find out the boys had all ready met with the grandfather and now not only is the man de

  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

  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 uit

  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 the subject painted century’s before I digress but this is an example of the fascinating things that make the art world the p

  7. says:

    Nothing invokes sympathy than a tale about suabbling over privileged entitled rich brats suabbling over money when their eua

  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 inside it and a family with dark secrets All this sounds great right?This book is a

  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 an

  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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