4 out of 4 stars
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The Girl Who Loved Caravaggio begins with Caravaggio (a painter) and Ranuccio (an abusive pimp) fighting a duel in Rome, Italy in 1606. Tired of seeing Ranuccio torment his muse and lover, Fillide, Caravaggio has initiated the duel. While intending to slice the testicles of Ranuccio, Caravaggio accidentally gnashes the femoral artery instead. What was meant to have been a “fight to first blood” ended in Ranuccio’s death. Now Caravaggio would be forced to flee Rome and Fillide to live in exile.
Fast forward to the present, where Angela Renatus and Alex Caine are planning to meet one another’s parents. During sleep, Angela dreams of a duel in the streets of Italy. The timing appears to be near the Renaissance era. One of the faces is hauntingly familiar, and suddenly she dreams her lover, Alex, has just killed a man. Once awake, Angela researches paintings near that era. When her eyes land on a picture of Caravaggio, she knows at once he was the killer in her nightmare. But why had Angela seen the killer “morph into Alex”? Are she and Alex bound to one another in yet another past life?
Once again, in this installment, they are called upon to locate a missing masterpiece (this time by Caravaggio). In their attempt to solve the mystery behind the stolen artwork, they will both have visions of their previous life as Caravaggio and his muse, Fillide. However, Angela’s visions will take a turn and also become predictive of the future. If this isn’t enough to captivate you, toss in that Angela’s mother (formerly a spy for the KGB) had supposedly died giving birth to Angela. But did she die?
Having read Belle Ami’s previous installment in this series, The Girl Who Knew da Vinci, I was already familiar with both Angela and Alex. While I do recommend reading the books in order, I can tell readers that this installment is perfectly capable of standing on its own. Also, at the end of this book, all plots are resolved. Once again, Ami did a thorough job of alerting the reader to time changes from one century to another and letting the reader know which era was being featured. As a result, the storyline was an easy one to follow.
I liked that Ami portrayed the characters thoroughly. Readers will come to know both Angela (and her love of food almost as much as her love of Alex) and Alex (a former SEAL and playboy turned detective). Also, the secondary characters were well-developed and relatable in their portrayal. I especially liked Oliver (Angela’s dad), as he came across as very concerned for Angela and her safety, but also immediately accepted, liked, and trusted Alex.
There was nothing I could find to dislike about this novel. Additionally, with only a couple of errors, the book was well edited. I award The Girl Who Loved Carravagio by Belle Ami 4 out of 4 stars. This fast-paced story will appeal to fans of romance and mystery thrillers. Those fascinated with the elements of past lives and reincarnation will not be disappointed.
Due to the coarse language (f**k, and s**t) used numerous times in the story, I cannot recommend this book for young adults or those offended by these words. I can tell you that while I am not fond of this language, I was able to quickly identify them, note them for the review, and easily move on with the storyline. Also, there are a few sexual scenes that will deem this book inappropriate to those sensitive to such. However, they were not to the point of being explicit.
I highly recommend this exciting novel and look forward to Belle Ami’s release of her third installment in the Out of Time series, The Girl Who Adored Rembrandt.
The Girl Who Loved Caravaggio
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