Author – Jeffery Archer
Genre – Thriller
Publisher – Pan Macmillan India
Year – 2019
Ratings – ⭐⭐⭐🌟/5
William Warwick always wanted to be a detective and much to his fathers disagreement, who wants William to be a barrister just like him, he embarks on a journey from few months on the beat to being a detective in the Scotland Yard’s art and antique department. His first high profile case is theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum. During the investigation he meets Beth, the research assistant of the same gallery, with whom he hopelessly fall in love.
The prime suspect of the theft is suave art collector Miles Faulkner. He will leave no stone unturned to prove his innocence and his lawyer Booth Watson QC is the master of bending law.
I have read only one Jeffery Archer book before ‘The Fourth Estate’ and it was truly a masterpiece. I still remember the story premises of that book. So when I picked this up I had really high expectations from this book. And it saddens me to say it didn’t match upto the expectations.
I like the overall story premises of the book. The writing is flawless and it makes you want to read more. The character of William Warwick is sharp, intelligent but at the same time it has a certain kind of innocence. So I am really excited to see how author will develop his character in future books.
The pace of the book is quite slow. It takes a lot of time to come to the main plot and then also there is no twist & turns or ups and downs in the book. It runs on a flat line.
There are tons and tons of character in the book. I personally gets confused when there are so many characters and that too not in the forefront just in the sideline.
The small cute love story is adorable. At first I thought the characters had no chemistry but the way it develops later in the story is endearing.
Though I didn’t like some parts of the book but I am really curious to know what happens next. So being an ardent Jeffery Archer fan I am looking forward to the series.