The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
3 out of 5
Okay, here’s the deal…I really wanted to like this book. I LOVED Elizabeth Kostova’s last book, The Historian, so much. So I just knew this one would be fantastic too. It kind of turned out to be THAT boyfriend. You know, the one where you try so hard to make it work the whole time but you just don’t quite fit together. You fight, you get back together, you fight some more. But when you break up you are sadder than you should be and have to listen to sappy love songs on repeat while eating ice cream? The Swan Thieves is exactly that. I struggled through it. I thought of putting it down but then it would pull me back in. Now that it’s over, I remember all of the good parts and kind of miss it. But not enough to ever pick it back up again.
Brief summary: A talented, semi-famous American artist is caught in the National Museum trying to attack a painting with a knife. He is (obviously) committed for being totally crazy. While in a looney bin the treating psychiatrist finds him painting the same woman over and over again. A woman he is obsessed with. A woman who’s letters he holds. How is this connected to the painting? Why would anyone want to attack a painting? Read if you would like to find out, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. After you date this book we can discuss the good and the bad and maybe talk trash about it’s new girlfriend.