A Perfect Eye
A creepy stalker-ish thriller set in the art world. Lily, known for her perfect eye (basically she’s super aware of her surroundings and great at picking up details), is a conservator at the Denver Art Museum.
The one major death scene was super gory and kind of reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs (so if you’re a fan you might like this one!), set the tone for the rest of the story.
I enjoyed this one purely on the basis that Lily was completely psychologically hunted throughout the story with her personal space violated my the mystery villain only for it to crescendo at the end in a big reveal and showdown.
While Lily’s character seemed perfect I liked how the villain tested her limits.
I didn’t quite latch on to any character, but the overall story was entertaining, albeit a little slow at times.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
A Perfect Eye
Some are born with a perfect palate, others with perfect pitch.
Denver Art Museum’s Conservator of Paintings Lily Sparks was born with a perfect eye. When the museum’s billionaire benefactor is brutally murdered, the grisly tableau stuns her: it’s the human embodiment of the museum’s prized landscape by famed Impressionist Gustave Caillebote.
Lily comes to believe the Caillebotte was forged and the killer is a painter the art world spurned. But as she confronts where art ends and fraud begins, she must face the deceptions in her own past.
I really wanted to like this one. I just had really high expectations, but just couldn’t connect to the new characters. I loved the premise of the robot killing it’s maker and the opening scene on the trapeze was awesome! However, I really don’t know why this didn’t resonate with me.
This totally reads as a standalone, which is a shame because I loved the established characters. They don’t really make a big appearance in this, just a tease really. It could be because there was a lot going on. The whole prototype thing could get convoluted. Amalie’s and Matthias’s romance was a bit blah. So in other worlds, not my favorite. I do look forward to more in this series though.
An unconventional woman and a man shrouded in mystery walk a tightrope of desire as they race against a killer to find a machine that could change the world.
Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn moved to Burning Cove to reinvent herself, but things are not going well. After spending her entire inheritance on a mansion with the intention of turning it into a bed-and-breakfast, she learns too late that the villa is said to be cursed. When the first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered by his robot invention during a sold-out demonstration, rumors circulate that the curse is real.
In the chaotic aftermath of the spectacle, Amalie watches as a stranger from the audience disappears behind the curtain. When Matthias Jones reappears, he is slipping a gun into a concealed holster. It looks like the gossip that is swirling around him is true—Matthias evidently does have connections to the criminal underworld.
Matthias is on the trail of a groundbreaking prototype cipher machine. He suspects that Pickwell stole the device and planned to sell it. But now Pickwell is dead and the machine has vanished. When Matthias’s investigation leads him to Amalie’s front door, the attraction between them is intense, but she knows it is also dangerous. Amalie and Matthias must decide if they can trust each other and the passion that binds them, because time is running out.