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The Goya Enigma

(Memory of Bones #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The head of Francisco Goya was stolen from his tomb in the wake of his death. No one has ever known what happened to it. Until now.

Leon Golding has always been ignored by the art world he loves, but he's finally going to make his name as the man who found the skull of Goya. But he's asked the wrong people to help him prove he's right.

Now everyone wants to own the most pr
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ebook, 506 pages
Published August 16th 2012 by Not Avail
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PostMortem
Интересен сюжет, макар и леко разводнен на места. Тематиката също беше интересна - мистерията около изчезналия череп на големия художник Франсиско Гоя, както и неразгаданото скрито значение около поредицата му "Черните картини".

Втората сюжетна линия, в крайна сметка не беше съвсем довършена или бе някак претупана, което оставя въпроса защо беше нужно да се отделят толкова страници за нея, когато развръзката ѝ не беше доведена до задоволителен финал.

Имаше леки наченки на хорър в историята, които
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Stevie
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I must admit I had no clue about the painter Goya, the back cover synopsis drew me in nevertheless - London, New York, Madrid: this book is all over the place. Well written with twist and turns I didn't expect, likeable main characters. You could really feel for Leon and Ben and their journey to solve a puzzle that was centuries old. Loved it! ...more
Claudia
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastico! Cupo e macabro al punto giusto.
Tenete a portata di mano una biografia di Goya o almeno informatevi su chi è. Quando si parla dei suoi dipinti, andateveli a vedere. È tutto spiegato alla perfezione, ma vederlo, vi fa entrare ancora di più nella narrazione e vi fa capire meglio di cosa si parla.
L'autrice descrive così bene i personaggi che riesci a vederli sudare e sentire la puzza che emanano. Ho percepito senza problemi Jimmy Shaw e Mama Gala, due personaggi che non potevano che fa
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Nali's Shelter
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recensione presente anche sul blog: https://nalisshelter.blogspot.com/
Voto: 4 stelle
Post Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/p/BwbYaTenYUu/

E' ufficialmente iniziato il mio periodo thriller/mistery/true crime e adesso non mi ferma più nessuno, sappiatelo.

Quando mi è stata proposta la lettura di Goya Enigma, un romanzo thriller che parla di un pittore che mi ha sempre affascinato, sin da quando l'ho studiato al liceo non ho potuto fare a meno di gettarmici subito, perchè la storia si prospettav
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Okuta Otherside
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kristin
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
slow start
Giuseppe Paola
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kobo, bought
Un po' lento all'inizio, ed ero tentata di lasciare, recupera però verso la metà.
Abbastanza interessante la trama, un bel circo di personaggi... non male.
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Teodoraa
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book, full of shocking turns of events, absolutely intense and interesting !!
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Lizzie Hayes
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Memory of Bones by Alex Connor
Published by Quercus, 15 November 2012. ISBN: 978-0-85738-962-6

When Leon Golding comes into possession of the long lost skull of Spain’s most famous artist Francisco Goya, he is ecstatic. Leon has devoted his life to solving the meaning of Goya ‘s black paintings. Now his patience will be rewarded and the art world will finally recognise the name of Leon Golding. His brother Ben, a reconstructive plastic surgeon at the Whitechapel Hospital in London, worries that ma
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Polly
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for my Kindle for 99p during Amazon's 12 Days of Christmas sale. So to be honest my expectations were not very high. I was just after a light, easy and hopefully entertaining read. All in all, that's what I got.

The book tells the story of two brothers, Leon and Ben Golding. They are English, but were raised in Spain, mainly by a Spanish woman named Detita, who looked after them after their parents died. Detita was obsessed with the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya and passed th
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Christopher Everest
Somehow this book just failed to capture my interest completely. I enjoyed it and the author's knowledge of the Spanish painter Goya comes across very clearly. In a strange way I feel the darkness of some of Goya's later paintings (and the book is concerned with the meaning of his black paintings) colour this book with a very convincing picture of evil and danger. It is well-written and crafted but I somehow failed to become involved with the main character. The action also skipping between Lon ...more
Kiran
Otherwise known as The Goya Enigma, this book showed Alex Connor back on form! Reminiscent of the way my first Alex Connor read, The Rembrandt Secret, kept me hooked. Well-paced throughout, with plenty of drama, plot twists and a complete smorgasbord of characters. I was even pleased with the 'happy ending', because it really had to be worked hard for. I normally disapprove of endings where everything is very rapidly and conveniently tied up. But this wasn’t quite like that even though things ge ...more
Gordon Johnston
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot based around the appearance and disappearance of Goya's skull. Add in a few art experts trying to find the secret of the Spanish master's final paintings and various baddies who see the financial potential in owning a priceless artefact and you have a decent premise for a thriller.

The story is fast paced, switching between London, Madrid and New York, and the characters are well written. The villains are a little one dimensional perhaps, but the brothers at the centre of the sto
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Mina
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fancy-fiction
I have to say I don't believe it at all! How can the skull call death people back? And why Goya's skull is that specific and magic? If you cannot accept it, there is no way you can enjoy the story. Besides I didn't think its good writing. Maybe the 'most evil guy' is not very humanic but something you can find I every basic gun and detective novel. ...more
Stacy
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this! I read it after reading it's short prequel Unearthing The Bones. The prequel explains the initial finding of Goya's skull. The book is a brilliant tug of war between those who want the skull for themselves and those who will kill for it ...more
Sandra
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did get into this book despite not really being a fan of this type of genre, taking a theme and hatching a plot or two around it. I never liked The Da Vinci code- , I couldn't get my head around the ideas in that. But the Alex Connor book did at least move well and held my interest ...more
Jamie Rose
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, the plot and characters are engaging. I found the background story relating to the life and works of Goya fascinating, but even if people are not interested in art, I think they would still enjoy this story.
Johanne
Started well, an interesting premise but the characters generally felt stereotypical: Gina, Emile or cardboardy: Abigail, Megan. The book dipped after a good start but the last third was pacy and gripping only to stop with a slightly dodgy and to me unsatisfactory ending.
Polstar
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A good romping thriller with some interesting twists and turns. I always like a book that makes me research further into something.
Chichi
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I doff my hat to Alex Connor. Fantastic fiction for art lovers. Made me see Goya in a new light. Great suspense!
Alan Philp
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cracking easy read
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Paul Williams
Implausible and uninspiring, couldn't really get attached to the characters. ...more
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one of the best book's I've ever laid my hands on! ...more
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Alexandra Connor (aka Alex Connor) was born in UK and lives in England. She is an author, artist and art historian. Also arts presenter on TV and in 2018 won the Rome Prize for Isle of the Dead, aka Il Dipinto Maledetto. Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, listed in Debretts 'Prominent People of Today.' ...more

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