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False Impression

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  11,373 Ratings  ·  699 Reviews
An aristocratic old lady is brutally murdered in her country home the night before 9/11. A young woman in the North Tower has the courage and determination to take on both sides of the law, and avenge the old lady's death. Anna Petrescu is missing, presumed dead, after 9/11 and she uses her new status to escape from America.
Paperback, 451 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Pan Books (UK) (first published December 1st 2005)
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May 27, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I steer clear of books rated below 3.7 on GR. I tend to trust the masses. So when I saw this book by one of my faves and it had a lower rating than I like, I was intrigued to give it a go. I can't say I was too surprised when this started out as a solid 1 star and all I could think was, "How am I going to give one of my favorite authors a 1 star rating?" Thankfully it picks it. I ended up liking this. I love how his mind works and how he translates that on to a page.

I enjoy the characters that
Oct 25, 2010 Richa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Field
False Impression is written by Jeffrey Archer. It uses the 9/11 tragedy to capture the reader’s interest, but it is mainly about conspiracies in the art world – or, if you want it in simpler terms, it’s a murder mystery.

This book didn’t compare to the other book I’ve read by the same author – As The Crow Flies – but it is still a good story, set in the real world, with believable characters. At first, I felt a bit confused with all the characters (not to mention the head hopping), but the confus
I picked up this mystery/suspense novel from my favorite Friends of the Library Bookstore. It was a good bang for a buck. Entertaining, interesting, and compellingly readable. I learned a good bit about the art-world and its collectors. Of which, can be competitively manic and cutthroat. And I thought the cat-n-mouse plot, though somewhat fancifully imagined, was quite globetrotting exciting.

However, there were a few flies in the paint. I experienced some seriously ludicrous eye-rolling moments
Mar 11, 2016 Tol21 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To αίνιγμα του Βαν Γκογκ...
Ο τίτλος του βιβλίου είναι παραπλανητικός: Περίμενα ότι έχει να κάνει με κάποιο κρυμμένο μήνυμα ή γρίφο στον πίνακα του Ολλανδού ζωγράφου. Το ότι ο συγγραφέας τοποθέτησε την τρομακτική επίθεση της 11ης Σεπτεμβρίου στην Νέα Υόρκη ήταν περιττό χωρίς να υπάρχει ιδιαίτερος λόγος. Απλά με αυτό, ήθελε να κεντρίσει το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη στην αρχή του βιβλίου. Πάντως, όλο το βιβλίο είχε να κάνει με ανθρωποκυνηγητό μεταξύ των πρωταγωνιστών για το ποιος θα προλάβει τον πίν
Aug 05, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A very interesting thriller, somewhat slow to build but with great characters, both on the good-guys side and on the villain side.
About an art historian specializing in attribution, Victoria Petrescu, whose best friend works as a secretary to a repulsive crook banker named Bryce Fenston, who specializes in extending multi-million-dollar loans to people who have fallen on hard times but have a masterpiece of art in their possession. There's an odd coincidence that many of these owners have their
Aug 10, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrea by: my mom
An interesting story, relatively well-told. But I always have trouble with books that throw in details that seem like anachronisms but turn out to be merely implausibilities - did people casually snap cell phone pix or use google in 2001? - I really don't want to have to pull myself out of the story to look stuff like that up on the internet; I want to trust the author. I also have trouble with British authors attempting to write American dialog - sometimes, they just don't "get" it, again pulli ...more
May 16, 2011 Lucas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first third of the book is terribly predictable. The second third picks up with more of a thriller feel as the story progresses, but unfortunately the final third reverts to its predictable ways, and the ending leaves the reader unsatisfied. The plot devices are tired and over-used, a romance is wedged forcefully into the story and the brief swearing is one-off and absolutely pointless. All in all, False Impression is a cheesy thriller whose only offering is a novelty theme, and even that wa ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Marca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffrey Archer writes the best soaps. This one, a stand-alone, involves a painting by Van Gogh, the family that owns the painting, an evil banker, and an art expert who, at first, seems out of her milieu in dealing with dastardly banker. Throw in 9-11 and you’ve got a roller coaster ride that takes you from New York to the UK to Europe and Japan. The novel starts with evil banker firing the art expert because she advised the Van Gogh owner against the banker’s interest. Just as she is leaving he ...more
Lesley Cuttle
After a few disappointing reads by Archer I was pleased to discover this one
Sep 07, 2010 Brendan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010
I used to read Jeffrey Archer quite a bit. The first book of his I remember really enjoying was As The Crow Flies, a monumental family saga with plenty of legal and personal machinations. What I remember about Archer's books is that he's really good at writing characters you just hate and thus heroes whom you really want to win. False Impression uses these same tricks.

The novel tells the story of a villainous banker whose shady practices work to rob wealthy people of their famous art works. When
Toni Osborne
Oct 18, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this thriller, the author brings his readers along with his protagonist Anna Petrescu on a chase around the world from New York during the tragic events of 9/11, to England, Romania, Hong Kong and Japan. The novel combines criminal conspiracy, a Van Gogh, a ruthless assassin, a Romanian art expert and Bryce Fenston an opportunistic and ruthless banker.

The story is quite exciting, slow at start but maintains a steady pace throughout. It opens with the prospective sale of an original Van Gogh a
The major focus of False Impression is the ownership, theft and the difficult retrieval of a valuable Van Gogh painting. Archer began his narrative with the terrifying escape from high atop the north tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11, but does not relate this to the terrorism involved in the book. This earthshaking event was unessential to the story.

There are many twists and turns across the globe, as would be expected in an Archer novel, but suspense was thin. Much of the violence was
Apr 20, 2008 Jyv rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Fran Macilvey
May 05, 2016 Fran Macilvey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"False Impression" by Jeffrey Archer

I found this book by accident, and am very glad I did. It contains some of the most exciting scenes I have read recently, and combines action, drama and cleverness to make a most satisfying read. I've thought about it often since I finished it, wishing I could find another as good.

The only slight reservation I have - and it is very slight - is the peculiar deference paid to members of the well-heeled aristocracy, which does not quite tip into outright obsequi
Patricia Ibarra
False Impression takes us to a fast-paced journey from New York to London, Bucharest, Tokyo and England to discover the mystery of the coveted Van Gogh's painting, Self-portrait with bandaged ear. Romanian-born Anna Petrescu, who holds a PhD. in art history, has to solve financial pressures that threaten her family estate into bankruptcy for the outstanding debt with Fenston Finance. FBI agent Jack Delaney starts investigating the murder of Anna's sister and unraveling the plot against her. The ...more
Aug 01, 2010 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Recommended to Jan by: Jeanette
This book was a little confusing at the beginning, because of all the name dropping. I had to take notes, and filled up a page, which I referred back to many times as I worked my way through the complicated story. There were so many characters whose names would pop up and I'd wonder 'who on earth is that person ?', then find their name in my notes.
It's a complicated story, and yet, hard to put down. It definitely kept my interest.
Most of my questions were answered by the end of the book~with a
Callum G
Oct 21, 2011 Callum G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst this work isn't so much about the 9/11 incident, as the cover would lead you to believe, it is still a good book. It's primarily about the art world, and I love books that subtly educate so that's a big tick for me. The characters were interesting and well developed, better than some other Archer novels. The plot let the story down a little however, the murder mystery feel was great, but some plot essential twists were based on things that were unbelievable. As well as this, a lot of the ...more
Jul 11, 2010 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In the style of Dan Brown, but without the over the top villain. Oh the villain's bad, alright, just not superhuman. The story of a priceless VanGogh painting, set in New York, London, Bucharest and Tokyo, it holds your attenton, even though you know how it will end. The problem is, though, that Archer seems to get to page 500, and realizes he has to wrap it up, which he does in about five pages - all of a sudden it's over, everything's explained, and on to the next book.

Otherwise, a good read,
Aug 15, 2010 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A worthy successor to The Da Vinci Code," says Liz Smith of the New Yor Post and I agree. It is a well written mystery that keeps me turning pages. There are several characters and it is easy to keep track of all of them, because they are all interesting. The plot is will thought out - keeps one wondering to the last pages. I'd read another of Mr. Archers books based on how much I've enjoyed this one.
Oct 15, 2011 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book in the audio version and thought the reader did a credible job with a variety of accents. The story had a few obvious gaps that required me to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the story. Overall, it was an entertaining book that held my attention. The survival of the 9/11 attack kept me listening and I thought that was handled well. Although this was not a great book, it was a good read that held my interest until the end.
May 30, 2016 Gemma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not awarding 5 stars based in literacy genius or novel plot, but because in terms of pure escapism I really enjoyed the book. I loved Archer's books as a teenager, even though my Dad assured me he probably paid someone to write them for him. Nevertheless, in terms of spinning a yarn, I enjoyed his books, and 20 years on I still do.
Teri Cooper
A trashy and easy read, this book won't hurt your brain after a busy day at the office. It is fast paced and full of unpleasant characters, and although it drifted too much towards the predictable as it wore on, I did enjoy zipping through great handfuls of pages each night. Fun and a bit silly. 3 stars.
Julia Grundling
Sep 12, 2016 Julia Grundling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ahhhh, another brilliant story by master storyteller, jeffrey archer.

i particularly liked this story, as it was all about art, a subject i love.

riveting, fast paced and spellbinding, right until the end ...
Sep 09, 2016 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whatever you think of the man personally there is no doubt that he is a very good story teller.
Not the best book I have read by Jeffrey Archer but it certainly kept me entertained.
Mary Ann
Jun 27, 2015 Mary Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by this author, and will not be the last. A thoroughly enjoyable, fast-paced murder mystery with Art history wove thru out. Great story & characters.
Mar 22, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Archer fans
Plenty of suspense with a real locations and a little fact thrown in
Oct 04, 2016 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. Very entertaining.
Robyn Adams
Nov 09, 2016 Robyn Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. Action, romance, intrigue, suspense - it has it all.
Jul 10, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married
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