One enigmatic smile.
Two passionate protectors.
And a relentlessly ticking clock.
Chasing Mona Lisa was a book that was quite unlike anything I have read before. I don’t say this in a bad way however.
I loved the setting of Chasing Mona Lisa. Not just the location, but the time period in which it is set. I have always been a fan of the mid-nineties. I have always enjoyed stories that give me the opportunity to go back in time to places in times that I would love to be in real life. This is what caused me to want to read this book.
With that said, Chasing Mona Lisa took me on a wonderful ride through Europe where the people and the atmosphere was easily grabbing hold of me as I read.
One may think that the premise of the book sounds a little over the top. I mean, two Swiss agents attempting to rescue a painting during one of the world’s largest war? Seems a little far-fetched, right? Well, I just had to remind myself that we are talking about the Mona Lisa the world’s most popular painting that is worth a good amount of money—much more than a lot of us could ever afford. With something so beautiful and so valuable, I realized that I really did want the characters Gabi Muller and Eric Hofstalder to succeed in keeping this precious piece of art work out of German hands.
The two main characters were well-crafted and enjoyable to read. However, with the novel being so short, there could be more put into them. What there isn’t in their characters is not enough to hinder the reader from enjoying the story.
This is the second book that the authors, Goyer and Yorkey, have written together, and I hope to be seeing more collaborations by them soon!
Note: I received a review copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine.