I will admit right off the bat that I am a fan of books like this - contemporary artists exploring mysteries of the old masters (is this a genre?). So I am biased. Besides that, I saw the ending coming from a mile away, but I didn't care. This was not heavy duty literature, but I learned a few things anyway. If I ever need to forge a painting, I'm a little more prepared now than I was last week, and what I don't know, I can probably find on the internet. This is also a tale of friendship and love (starving artists, rich gallery owners, Degas, Isabella Stewart Gardner) etc., so really what more do you need?