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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – The Forger and the Thief

The Forger and the Thief


wife on the run, a student searching for stolen art, a cleaner who has lined more than his pockets, a policeman whose career is almost over, and a guest who should never have received a wedding invite. Five strangers, entangled in the forger’s wicked web, amidst Florence’s devastating flood of November 1966.

In a race against time, and desperate to save themselves and all they hold dear, will their secrets prove more treacherous than the ominous floodwaters swallowing the historic city?

Dive into a world of lies and deceit, where nothing is as it seems on the surface…

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Author Bio:

A full time author, Kirsten is a former customs officer and antiques dealer, and who has also dabbled in film and television.

Her historical time-slip series – The Old Curiosity Shop Series, has been described as ‘Time Travellers Wife meets Far Pavilions’, and ‘Antiques Roadshow gone viral’.

Kirsten released her bestselling gothic horror novel Painted in 2017, with her medical thriller – Doctor Perry, following in 2018.

Her latest thriller – The Forger and the Thief, is set in 1966 Florence, Italy, amidst the devastating floods. Kirsten lives in New Zealand with her husband, her daughters, two rescue cats.

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My Review

With the flooding of the Arno River as the backdrop for this story, the author takes us back to 1966 and the chaos and devastation that hit Florence. It’s November, the time of years when rain is not unusual in the city. The river has a history of flooding going back centuries, and it is a much-feared prospect for its inhabitants. In this case, we have a cast of five strangers telling their stories as the river once more seeks to show its strength. I must add here that the river is a powerful character in its own right with an almighty, almost haunting voice and formidable presence. The author does such a great job in bringing the Arno to life, its whole identity is beautifully explored and highly impactful.

So, back to the people of the story. These are so diverse – or so it would seem – yet their stories are forced to overlap as the river rages. From the student looking for a stolen painting and using her art classes as a cover, to the man about to attend his ex’s wedding having flown in from the US filled with doubt. There’s a woman fleeing an abusive husband, and a cleaner who seems to be caring for his grieving wife while side-lining pieces of art from the museum where he works. And, finally, there’s the policeman who’s ready to retire, worn down by life and now chasing pickpockets and hotel thieves.

Each of them has their plans throw into disarray when the river storms through the streets hell-bent on destruction. The stories race along at a similar pace, fast and furious as the river takes control. Devastation is certain and not everyone will survive.

The Forger and the Thief is an exciting, dramatic story with a dark plot that takes as many twists and turns as the thundering river. Hold on tight, for it’s a bumpy, crazy ride that will leave you begging for more. This is history fictionalised at its best.

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