Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Book Review: Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
I am a big fan of Historical Fiction. This book gives us a very realistic picture into World War II in Paris, you can read from the descriptions that there has been a lot of research put into creating this novel. The author(s) do/does a great job putting you into the story and imagining what it was like at the time. What is lacking in the novel is the character development. To be fair, when I received the novel, I was not aware that the man characters (Eric and Gabi) were in a previous novel by the same authors. There very well may have been a lot of character development in the first novel; as a stand alone novel I found it very difficult to connect to the characters. This book is full of action, but it was difficult to get me on the edge of my seat because I have no attachment to the characters.
The downfall of this novel may also be it's strength, it iswell researched. Sometimes it was a little too much information, and I found out more about the war than I did about the plot of the story. With a bit better balance in research and integration of plot and character development, it would have made for a better read.
A fan of war time novels, I could see really enjoying this book. I also don't see much of a connection to the novel being labelled as a Christian Novel. I don't strictly read Christian Novels, but I don't know why this book would be in this category, save for the modest language and content.
This is not a bad book, it is not a must read either. I wish I would have read the first novel by these authors first, to see if there was any more character development.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller a division of Baker Publishing Group
Posted by Johan Heinrichs at 10:17 AM