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The Other Rembrandt

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  663 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
History's biggest conspiracy is about to be revealed in this gripping, addictive thriller … but not if a ruthless killer can stop it.
Marshall Ziegler has never been interested in his father Owen's London gallery--until Owen is brutally slain. Marshall then discovers that Owen knew a dark secret at the heart of Rembrandt's life--a secret that could topple one of the world's
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Paperback, 391 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by SilverOak (first published 2011)
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Jane
Mar 19, 2013 Jane rated it did not like it
Oh, Gawd. I saw trouble ahead, but I couldn't resist. How could I, an art historian, NOT read a novel about Rembrandt? And how, having read it, could I be anything but irritated? I decided to make a new shelf for this one. I'm calling it The Dan Brown Shelf, and it's where I plan to park all the breathless conspiracy paperbacks you find in the airport bookstore. You know the ones, in which the characters are ultra glamorous or ultra evil, and they sort through the ultra-complicated plot points i ...more
Karen
May 17, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, thriller
This is one of the cleverest thrillers I've read in a long time. The characters are all sharply drawn, and brought to life. They felt very real. There are so many twists and turns - just when you think you might have figured it all out... there is another twist. Kept me on the edge till the end. Well researched and put together. A novel which makes you think, but an author with such a clever mind, that the best you can do is guess! A wonderful insight into the art world as well. I was left feeli ...more
Eilidh
Oct 30, 2011 Eilidh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to this one, I got myself a good rainy day and a comfy chair and a cup of tea and everything, settled down to read it and, disappointingly, thought it was a bit rubbish. I thought about giving it up about halfway through but I kind of wanted to find out what happened so I finished it.

I don't even know if I can put my finger on why I didn't like it. There was nothing wrong with the plot, now that I look back on it, I just thought it jumped about a bit and I had to fli
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Eva
Feb 02, 2013 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was interesting and I liked the link to history although at the beginning I was suspicious it'd be just another Dan Brown. It was a welcome change to the Scandi stories I read (and like) a lot. On the other hand, it could have been shorter. During the last third of it I already knew who the killer was but the final revelation came as a surprise. You may sometimes have the feeling that the "historical part" is better that the "thriller" side of the story as this is the author's first thr ...more
Tema Merback
Jul 22, 2011 Tema Merback rated it really liked it
A fun entertaining historical whodunnit about the underbelly of the art world, laced with murder and intrigue. It will make you wonder about what we really know about the early masters of art and their ateliers. Did the master or the student really paint a work? All we really have are the art historians and so called experts with their own personal prejudices and professional desires to succeed and make their mark, and the dealers? Well that is another matter entirely...
Nidia
Aug 22, 2011 Nidia rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
As a mystery/thriller this book is good enough but If you're into art history, it is even better!
Makes you wonder how many theories in the art world out there have some kind of truth in them and how many are plainly rumors....
Entertaining read!
Dane Cobain
Jun 07, 2014 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should start this review by mentioning the weird reason behind why I read this book in the first place – I have a friend called Alex Connor, and so when I saw posters for this book plastered along the London Underground, I knew I had to get a copy. I let it stew for a while, and a couple of years later I saw it in a charity shop – the rest, as they say, is history.

That said, while you might be quick to dismiss it as a Da Vinci Code rip-off, especially because of the title, it’s actually not th
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Miles
Dec 14, 2013 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
If, like me, you enjoy history told with a veritable spin, an immersive narrative and just a little hint of danger then you are definitely in for a treat with The Rembrandt Secret by Alex Connor. There’s something intriguing about the old masters and I for one can never get enough of thrillers set in this genre. I love a book that, although loosely based on fact, has a license to bend the truth and make you wonder if, what you are reading is indeed fact or fiction. I felt this way throughout the ...more
Phil Leader
Dec 22, 2015 Phil Leader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, amazon
The Rembrandt Secret is a thriller set in the closed and secretive art world. Set during a recession when many dealers and galleries are struggling, the gruesome murder of respected gallery owner Owen Ziegler threatens to reveal a secret that could rock the art world to its foundations.

As a thriller this books works really well; the secret itself (unsurprisingly involving the Dutch Old Master Rembrandt) is revealed fairly early on which means the book can concentrate on what it does best - insti
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Lisbeth
Another 'Dutch' book is the excellent The Other Rembrandt by Alex Connor. She is an art historian, which you can very well believe, reading this story of the world of art and art galleries, written, at least it seems so to me, with a lot of insight. As we learn, the success of the art galleries goes up and down. Owen Ziegler owns a successful gallery, until one day he finds himself in deep debt. He is forced to sell his original painting by Rembrandt. Although he always knew it is an original, p ...more
David Miller
Feb 20, 2017 David Miller rated it liked it
Not a bad story. A page-turner to be sure; full of mystery, action and history. Not the best but also not the worst. Definitely a good read for art history buffs.
Devilyn (Emily)
"If you know the truth, You will be silenced..."

When his father is murdered, Marshall Zeigler finds himself pushed into the Art World. A world that was his fathers passion, but never his. A world he was never interested in and kept his furtherest away from. But finding himself in this unfamialiar and often cruel and twisted world, Marshall soon realises that he himself, and several of the people he's close too are in danger. Marshall's father Owen, wasn't just murdered randomly out of the blue,
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Elsa
Marshall plus ou moins en froid avec son père, marchand dans une galerie londonienne, y découvre le corps de ce dernier, horriblement mutilé. Son père s'était fait escroqué sur un tableau de Rembrandt, et courrait à la faillite. Mais c'est en réalité tout autre chose qui a tué son père : les lettres de la maîtresse de l'éminent Rembrandt, qu'elle accuse d'avoir usurpé le talent de leur fils bâtard. La plupart des tableaux du maître auraient été fabriqués par ce fils caché, son singe. Certains so ...more
Christena Rulli
Apr 07, 2013 Christena Rulli rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The Other Rembrandt elevates the whodunit concept into the art world. Owen Ziegler is a struggling art gallery owner who is forced to sell his precious Rembrandt painting to a fellow art enthusiast. After being cheated, Ziegler is forced to take a loss and worry about keeping his gallery open. But Owen still has a card to play. A package of letters by Geertje Dircx that explains how many paintings were done by Rembrandt's monkey and not by the master himself. This discovery could overturn the ar ...more
Rose
May 20, 2011 Rose rated it it was ok
I won The Other Rembrandt through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway! I don’t usually read historical/mystery type of novel so this was an interesting read for me. The beginning of the book pulled me in and so I was interested in the story and in the mystery as it unfolded. I did get a bit lost in all the characters and I had to keep a mental list of ‘character dot to dot’ to remember how everyone was connected. The middle of the book dragged somewhat in the way Marshall was a bit lost as to wha ...more
Julie
Mar 18, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
I won The Other Rembrandt through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 03/21/2011 and received it on 05/03/2011!

When I signed up to win this book, I had a very high hope that I would win and especially high expectations about the book period. I love reading about historically significant people, places and times and I've read a lot of really great books by authors that write in this particular genre. The Other Rembrandt was right up there with the best of them. I can't get enough of this book.
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Anita
Apr 04, 2011 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms Connor’s research is meticulous and she delves into the artist’s life with fascinating details that make the story even more compelling.


Marshall Ziegler’s fast paced search for the truth, and his need to understand the world his father loved, make this a fascinating story where no one is quite what they seem and no one knows who the villains or the heroes really are.


Geertje Dircx’s personal account includes her love for her son who became ‘Rembrandt’s Monkey’. Her story is so tragic and movi
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Cathy
Jan 20, 2014 Cathy rated it it was ok
Shelves: light-reads, thriller
I thought I would like this better because the premise sounded interesting however there were some elements of the theory behind the whole plot that didn't seem believable to me. I guessed who was going to turn out to be the villain pretty early on but when they were eventually unmasked their motive was unconvincing and what I felt were quite crucial details of what they had actually done were missing. I'm afraid I also got rather annoyed at times with what I assume were meant to be literary flo ...more
Chelsea
Mar 16, 2011 Chelsea rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I really enjoyed this book. The author sucked me into this thrilling murder mystery pretty quickly. Once I was involved with the characters, I could not put this book down. The plot is fast moving and keeps the reader involved right up to the end. There are lots of twists and turns that kept me wanting to read more and find out what was going to happen.

The historical aspects of this book were also very good. Very believable and rooted in fact.
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Jeane
Mar 21, 2011 Jeane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I was influenced by the beautiful cover and title, when I chose this book. But sometimes you have to judge a book by its cover.

The main character is Marshall, who never liked the world of art but is a translator in Amsterdam. When his father calls him from London asking to come as he must speak to his son. His fathe owns an art gallery in the centre od London, specialized in Dutch art.
Marshall makes the visit to London and plans to spend the weekend with his fathe in the family house ou
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Stacey
Sep 17, 2014 Stacey rated it really liked it
While this book is set in the art world (think Dutch Masters and Fine Art dealers) - and there is a lot of information about that world, I think this book will even appeal to someone who's not an "arts person" per se. This is a really tightly crafted mystery with lots of twists and red herrings, and plenty of gruesome murders. It's about greed, revenge, ambition, justice...and art. There's a huge cast of characters - some dark and twisted, some naive, some charming. My only complaint stems from ...more
Erika Schmid
Apr 01, 2016 Erika Schmid rated it liked it
It was hard to resist a story about Rembrandt, being such a great lover of art history. However, I found it was far more of a cheap murder thriller than a reflection on art history. Without a doubt, the story was intriguing and held a great deal of promise. If simply fell short in so many aspects. Too many characters were created merely to throw the reader off the scent of the illicit killer and no real depth was given beyond basic human drive. Finally, it was lack luster in the end simply due t ...more
Ali Isaac
I enjoyed this book far more than I expected. The world of fine art is not something I know much about, and I had never read this author before.

For the most part, it was well written, the characters were believable, and the writer kept me guessing just about all of the way through.

The only trouble was, the ending was poor in comparison to the rest of the story, leaving me feeling a bit flat and disappointed.

Although of all the possible candidates for the villain, the one it turned out to be was
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Leslea
May 07, 2015 Leslea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good solid story set in the modern day art world. Murders happen when it comes to light that there are old letters in existence written by one of Rembrandt's lovers saying he had a son and that this son painted a lot of pieces that Rembrandt claimed as his own. When Marshall's father, Owen, (art gallery owner) is found dead and it is clear he has been brutally tortured, the race starts to find the letters. Owen, knowing that he did not have long mailed the letters to Marshall. Marshall ...more
Maja
Mar 22, 2011 Maja rated it liked it
I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway (which is an excellent program!)

This book was interesting and the premise was very good. It had just enough originality to keep me going through it because it was rather lengthy. I feel as though it could have been written at somewhat of a higher level - it seemed a bit dumbed-down to be honest. Nonetheless, it had good twists and read well for a mystery book, which I don't usually enjoy. The characters were fairly well developed and the flashb
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Brice Meerman
May 27, 2012 Brice Meerman rated it it was ok
I'd give this book 2.5 *'s.
What an interesting plot and story...utterly destroyed by poor story telling and an unnecessary over-complicated storyline.
Alex Connor's undoubtedly a flawless art historian and theorist, but talented author, she is not. This novel was too slow, blundered, and diluted with unnecessary twists and turns and a complete flop of an ending.

To say that I was disappointed is too kind a phrase. I just recently completed an Art History class and recognized paintings titles an
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Jessi
Mar 24, 2011 Jessi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sue O'Kasick, Cindy Blaeser
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from GoodReads First Reads on 03/21/11. I enjoyed this book immensely, but despite all the twists and turns the plot took, I still correctly guessed "who dunnit" very early on, and who it was, was a disappointment to me. I had no interest in that character whatsoever and thought that having that character be the killer was a bit of a easy way out of a story that could have been even better if someone else from the massive list of characters had been the killer. That was disappoin ...more
Alyssa
Dec 31, 2011 Alyssa rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I usually don't read mysteries anymore, I feel like I have totally outdid that category. But this was one of those chances I took. I really enjoyed this book. I have been getting into art history fiction. And this was a good fictional story to an already interesting Artist, Rembrandt. I loved the way the author got ya thinking about who did it and who can be trusted and who couldn't. Also how everyone is connected to eachother, even connections that I wouldn't have th ...more
Elayne
Apr 19, 2011 Elayne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A total disappointment. I struggled all the way with this book, had my hopes raised near the end when I thought something exciting was going to happen...but no, turned out to be total rubbish! Its about a mans struggle to find the killer of not just his father but several other people, in nasty ways, after some letters written by Rembrandt's mistress were discovered. The art world is in a panic as the authenticity of the artists work could be put into question by these letters. Marshall Zeigler ...more
Michelle
I enjoyed this book and would have liked to have given it a 4 star at least. Unfortunately, it fell short for me because I had worked out who the villain was before the half way mark (an automatic downer for me when I'm proven right).
When the bad guy was caught with still some reading time left in the story, I guessed what twist was to come. The author's conclusion for the hero was interesting, and made sense. I doubt I would have done the same in the main characters shoes. I can't say more with
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Alex Connor is also known as Alexandra Connor and she has written a number of historical novels. She is an artist, and has worked in the art world for many years. Alex is also a motivational speaker and is regularly featured on television and BBC radio. She lives in Sussex.
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