A celebrated painting, the Portrait of the Lost Child, has been missing for over a decade. Eloise Witcham is commissioned to find it, but if she does she will have to confront a past she thought long behind her and face up to the dark fears that still haunt her dreams.
A stylish, intelligent, contemporary thriller set in the secretive world of high end art.
I am delighted to be sharing my review today of Lost Children, the debut novel by Willa Bergman. My thanks to the author for providing me with a digital copy of the book for the purposes of review. I have reviewed the book honestly and impartially.
When the author approached me about reviewing this book I agreed because I was intrigued by the premise of a thriller set in the world of art theft. It is not something I have come across before and I thought it would make an interesting basis for a story. I wasn’t wrong on this point, it was a really cleverly plotted story featuring the race to determine the whereabouts of a missing painting that jumps from the UK to New York and then back to France, but the reasons for each individual’s desire to track down the painting are clouded in mystery and not as straight forward as they first seem.
The main character is Eloise, a member of the private sales team at an auction house who is asked to track down the painting which was stolen fifteen years before. She finds herself promoted within the auction house and will a certain amount of autonomy which is useful for the hunt, as there are certain things about her past she is keen to keep quiet. However, it brings her into direct conflict with a rival art investigator who is determined to get to the painting before her. It is quite hard to talk any further about the plot without revealing spoilers but, suffice it to say, the book is full of action, intrigue and international travel and the plot moves along at a cracking pace, keeping the reader engaged throughout.
I have to say that the book requires some suspension of disbelief to enjoy. I’m not 100% convinced that Eloise would be able to do all she does without her employers raising a few eyebrows, and the ending gets very exciting. Still, no one reads these type of thrillers for absolute authenticity and it is a cracking good story. I really enjoyed the dip into a different world, high end art crime, and a female protagonist who doesn’t need a man to help her solve the problems.
Lost Children is out now as an ebook and paperback, and is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. You can get your copy here.
About the Author
Willa Bergman lives in London with her husband and two children. Lost Children is her first novel.
You can connect with Willa via Goodreads.