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The Lost Artist

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Chicago performance artist Rose Caffrey is desperate to sell her sister’s nineteenth-century farmhouse in southern Illinois. She’s haunted by her sister’s death from a fall inside the house.

But when Rose discovers three murals in an upstairs bedroom depicting strange images of Native Americans and bizarre nineteenth-century landscapes, she becomes obsessed with knowing th
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published June 6th 2012 by Five Star (first published May 16th 2012)
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Julie H.
Jul 23, 2012 Julie H. rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
The concept underlying The Lost Artist is quite clever--the "responsible sister" is murdered in her home because of something to do with a series of murals being restored on the walls in an upstairs room of her 19th-century Illinois farmhouse. Upon her death, her "irresponsible performance artist younger sister" inherits the house, the menacing feeling that the house is being watched (which escalates into physical attacks on her), and the increasing sense that the people associated with the hous ...more
Ruth Kevghas
Nov 23, 2016 Ruth Kevghas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I finished it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down.
R J Mckay
Sep 25, 2013 R J Mckay rated it really liked it
Sisters Rose and Karen Caffrey couldn't be more different. Where Rose is a free-spirited performance artist, Karen is a down-to-earth college professor. Rose's trip to southern Illinois to visit her sister over the Fourth of July holiday goes horribly wrong when she finds Karen dead in the old farmhouse she has been restoring. It seems her sister died as the result of a fall from a ladder. Rose is equally surprised to find that her sister left her the old farmhouse in her will. Initially, Rose's ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Zora rated it did not like it
The first half of this book was well-enough written, with interesting enough characters and two connected stories set in both the present day and 1831, in an old Southern Illinois home today and a boarding school for young ladies in Connecticut in the past. But then something went quite wacky with the story and it was suddenly about something else and there's a drawing from 1600 macguffining all over the place and loose ends dangle, and soon there are Celts referenced, and the climax didn't make ...more
Linda Munro
Apr 27, 2014 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing
Oh my, this has been on my want to read list since November of 2012, I feel like such a slacker, but I am glad that I am finally catching up. For the first time in a long time, I have read book after book that are all deserving of a 10 star rating (to heck with this 5 star crap!)! This book was no exception.

This bks written to cover two eras, present day and the Trail of Tears era. So, how can I classify it, hmmm, how about a psychological thriller, a murder mystery nd historical fiction all ro
Jun 06, 2014 Wisteriouswoman rated it liked it
It kept my interest--I stayed up late trying to finish it. It was an unique of blend of history, art, troubled family relationships, and mystery/thriller.

There were a few things that didn't tie together very well. It would have been nice if she had explained Rose's performance art better. And her relationship with an old lover wasn't understandable. We never find out why she told him she didn't want to sleep with him any more. I wished the sister hadn't been killed off in the beginning. We didn
Jul 30, 2012 Margee rated it really liked it
A moody, ominous, and suspenseful tale unfolds concerning a Chicago performance artist investigating the death of her sister, a researcher at a southern Illinois college. Arriving to see to the last details of her sister's passing, Rose Caffery discovers a roomful of historic murals in the decrepit 19th century farmhouse her sister has bequeathed her. What follows is a hair-raising adventure loaded with gripping historical lore, from southern Illinois to Chicago to New England to Gatlinburg, and ...more
Jan Prucnal
Sep 12, 2014 Jan Prucnal rated it liked it
I was looking forward to reading this book, as it was highly recommended. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. The storyline was good-
a mystery, some history and chapters alternating from present time to mid 1800's and fair character development. The downfall was absurd dialogue and
thin plot, as it developed. Dialogue was mundane , stilted, and repetitious.
It's a quick read; so if you can gloss over some of the predictable dialogue, you might enjoy it.
Jan 23, 2013 S rated it really liked it
Really good book! Different from my recent choices since it is historical- and not associated with fantasy or vampires or werewolves. It has great characters and I love the connection to the Cherokee Indian migration along the trail of tears. Anyone who enjoys a suspenseful mystery will enjoy this. Thank you so much for choosing me to receive a free signed advance copy! Very cool!
Feb 05, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Good story. Was a little bit too slow at some points, and when it hit a fast pace only to slow down it left me a little wanting. I'm not sure what was the point of having Emily's past life shown. I'm left with a lot of questions unanswered and it's a good book for people who don't mind cliffhangers and some questions not answered.
*I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads*
Marcela Sara
Jul 15, 2013 Marcela Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, own-it
I enjoyed this book. I won it in a First Reads Giveaway. It is historical, which I don't often read, however one of my great great grandmothers endured the Trail of Tears. I have always loved my family history and this reminded me of a family member I never got to meet. Thank you!
Diane S ☔
Jul 01, 2012 Diane S ☔ rated it liked it
This turned out to be a nice little mystery with some very interesting plot developments. Love the history, the murals uncovered in an old farmhouse in Southern, Illinois, an old cemetery and a mystery stemming from a missing grave and the Trail of Tears.
Aug 03, 2012 Deena rated it liked it
I'm torn. On the one hand this was a real page turner, on the other I felt it was less than satisfying on the details around the historical mystery.
Jun 04, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It was especially good because I have met the author. The lot was pleasingly intricate, and the blend of art, history, and present day was excellent!
May 21, 2012 jgyweniverel marked it as to-read
Shelves: wish-list-book
This sounds like a thrilling, on the edge of your seat, adventurous book! One that I would love to add to my other edge of your seat books!
Jun 29, 2013 Ginny rated it really liked it
I'm not normally a mystery reader, but enjoyed this one. The historical parts were especially compelling.
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