Review: The Van Gogh Deception

When a young boy is discovered in Washington DC’s National Gallery without any recollection of who he is, so begins a high-stakes race to unravel the greatest mystery of all: his identity.

As the stakes continue to rise, the boy must piece together the disjointed clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted. Digitally interactive, this breathtaking museum mystery offers QR codes woven throughout the book that bring renowned paintings to readers’ fingertips.

I found this book by accident at work (perks of being a librarian) and it was while I was reading Vincent and Theo, so I had to pick it up! It was one of those books that I knew I’d enjoy, but I underestimated how much I would! I read it in one day – that’s how good the book is!

Art, or at least that’s what he thinks his name is, is found at Washington DC’s National Gallery with no memory of how he got there or why he’s there, so he’s placed temporarily with a foster parent. The only thing he really knows is that he knows all about art history. So when the little family – the foster mother, her daughter, and Art – go back to the gallery in hopes to trigger his memories, he finds himself on the run from a group of agents… and he has no idea why.

This book had a very Spy Kids/Home Alone feel to it, what with it focusing on Art and Camille and their adventure to outsmart the bad guys and solve the mystery of Art himself. The kids were able to take out agents that were the best at what they do, leaving the man behind the heist completely baffled as to what was going on. I liked that you got to see multiple perspectives, not just of Art and Camille, but also the people behind the art heist and the cops trying to find the kids. It made for the book to be a real page-turner and kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen next.

What was the coolest part of this book though, was the QR codes hidden throughout the book that, when scanned, led you to websites with the art pieces talked about in the book. Classic pieces of art that are definitely worth tons of money and also highly appreciated by art lovers. I’m not an art lover, but I thought it was very cool to see the pieces that were talked about in the book and thought it was a genius feature to interact with the story.

So without a doubt, I recommend this book if you’re looking for something that will keep you wanting to know what will happen next. It’s fast-paced, but leaves out no details which makes for a great art-heist story!

Rating: 5/5 stars

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