About The Book
Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love – and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph – a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.
|I enjoyed this book, it’s large but don’t let that put you off. The journey is worth it.
Set in America the knock on affect of a terrible tragedy have interesting consequences for one little boy Theo. Once I stared this book I was hooked. I needed to know what happened. The pace of the book is needed and the author Donna Tartt gives us time to grasp the gruesome and horrid events that this little boy has to deal with.
I agree the size of the book is daunting but if there had been another 300 pages I would have still read on with pleasure.
One of those books that you will stay with you.