Rating: 5/5

Genre: Contemporary

No. Pages: 864

ISBN: 9780349139630

Theodore Decker is thirteen years old when he survives a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which kills his mother. After moving in with a friend’s family and struggling to cope with the death of his mother, Theo secretly keeps the small painting of the goldfinch which reminds him of her.

I loved every aspect of this book. The entire thing is so well-written that it just comes to life as you read. The quality of description about things is so good and I did not want to put this book down.

There is a broad spectrum of different emotions and situations that characters must cope with including drug use, alcoholism and love. A lot of thought and research went into writing these and it’s clear to see that it pays off. Nothing feels unconvincing or unbelievable.

Combining this with complicated characters who each have their own distinct personalities completely takes control of your imagination. There is no character who is clear-cut “good” or “bad” and they each have their own strengths, weakness, hopes and fears. All of their actions are completely justified even if you don’t agree with them as a reader and the characterisation is what makes this book so real. If there is any reason why you should pick up this book, it is to read about Boris who is just amazing.

I highly recommend this book and I am really curious to read other books by Donna Tartt to see how they compare.

Have you read The Goldfinch? What did you think? 🙂

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