November 27, 2017 by TinyNavajo
*Thank you to the author for this book in exchange for a free review*
Mona Lisa’s Secrets by Phil Philips
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I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It started out a little jerky and disconnected, but the more I read and the more I was drawn into the book, the more that I enjoyed the book! We all know the whispers and rumors behind the Mona Lisa, that is da Vinci in female form, she is the wife of some well-known aristocrat, etc. And the majority of us have seen or read The Da Vinci Code. If you know all of this, then you know basically where this book, and this review, are going.
Joey Peruggia is the great-grandson of Vincent Peruggia, the thief who stole the original Mona Lisa from the Louvre and kept it hidden for two years. It was then recovered and placed back on display in the Louvre. But if the original is in the Louvre, then what is it that Joey found in his late father’s safe room? As he and his art history girlfriend figure out that what they have is the original, then what about the fake hanging in its place in the most famous museum in the world?
As Joey and Maria try to do what is right and return the famous painting to its rightful place, things go downhill. The curator not only turns out to know about the fact that the Mona Lisa hanging in his museum is a fake, but he seeks to have the original back in his grasp as soon as possible, by any means possible.
Joey seeks to do what is right, he finds out that the Mona Lisa is more than meets the eyes. And as he struggles to get Maria back, and his life somewhat back in order, he learns the secrets hidden in the Mona Lisa. Now, will he give these secrets away? And how will this affect the rest of the world?
This started out not my favorite thing, but the more I read it, the more I was pulled into the story. It felt like it could have been fleshed out a bit more in places, but I loved the story and the history behind the Mona Lisa. It did remind me a bit of The Da Vinci Code, but there seemed to be more crime syndicates involved, but all in all, it was good.
What book about a piece of famous art have you read? Did you enjoy it? What was it about? Comment below and let me know!