Monday 29 February 2016

The Girl in the Painting by Kirsty Ferry - Five *


What if you thought you knew a secret that could change history? 
Whilst standing engrossed in her favourite Pre-Raphaelite painting – Millais's Ophelia – Cori catches the eye of Tate gallery worker, Simon, who is immediately struck by her resemblance to the red-haired beauty in the famous artwork. 

The attraction is mutual, but Cori has other things on her mind. She has recently acquired the diary of Daisy, a Victorian woman with a shocking secret. As Cori reads, it soon becomes apparent that Daisy will stop at nothing to be heard, even outside of the pages of her diary … 

Will Simon stick around when life becomes increasingly spooky for Cori, as she moves ever closer to uncovering the truth about Daisy’s connection to the girl in her favourite painting?


Wow! This had everything - love stories, ghosts, obsessions..... It's a time slip/ghost story involving the present day and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Having long been a fan of all things PRB and having been to see their paintings more times than I care to think about, I was really looking forward to this book.

And I certainly wasn't disappointed. Kirsty weaves the story really cleverly and Cori makes for an interesting and different heroine. The gradual disintegration of her mental and physical health as the integration of Daisy into her mind occurs is so well described - and very tense!

Simon is perfect as the hero - romantic and understanding, but a little out of his depth, especially with all the things "going bump in the night"! And Lissy links all the characters perfectly.

Thoroughly enjoyed it and will look forward to Kirsty's next book. 

Received an ARC from Choc Lit and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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