Jose Federico Burgos is a failed painter turned forger trapped in surreal, menacing splendour with an enormous Flemish altarpiece, an impish vagabond, and a pair of resourceful yet intimidating twins. He drinks too much, he roams the grounds, and everyday that he doesn’t succeed in copying the painting, he gets a little bit closer to what’s really happening behind the high garden walls.
I think the cover of this book works really well, it is simple but effective. This for me was a quick read it took me a couple of hours to power through it. One thing to remember when reading it though is it has been translated, and done really well. That Jose is a character and is very amusing, he is a failed painter and really wants to start painting again but he drinks a lot, but when he decides to go for a walk, he finds that something is happening behind the high garden walls and he is determined to find out what. But will it help him finish his painting or will he be forever labelled the failing painter. I liked finding out more about Jose and it was a quirky and fun read that I did enjoy.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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