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L’s Point None of them has visited the family estate since they were children when a prized painting disappeared a self portrait by Goya rumoured to cause madness or death upon viewing Afterwards the family split apart amid the accusations and suspicions that followed its theftAny hope that their grandfather planned to make amends evaporate I’ve often enjoyed novels about art and art history So much can be hidden in works of art that they are the perfect topic to base a mystery on I remember reading a few years ago that art curators had discovered in a portrait a miniature self portrait of the artist rendered as the reflection in the pupil of eye the subject painted century’s before I digress but this is an example of the fascinating things that make the art world the perfect setting for a novelNeil Olson apparently agrees as both of his novels to date center around works of art in this case a supposed fifteenth painting created during Francisco Goya’s Black Painting phase a self portrait reputedly able to induce death or madness in those who view it In this Olson’s second noel wealthy New England patriarch Arthur Morse has summoned his many offspring and descendants home to his estate to discusswho knows? The first of his grandchildren arrive to find him dead on the floor his face a mask of terror and his sightless eyes gazing fixedly at the spot where his prized possession the aforementioned cursed Goya self portrait would have stood had it not been stolen several years ago under mysterious circumstances As the rest of the family arrives the reader begins to see that this odd assemblage is about as far from being a big happy family as one can imagine Past events including the disappearance of the painting have left them paranoid suspicious traumatized and unable to trust each other What is happening at Owl’s Point is anybody’s guess but you can be sure that a lot of ugly secrets will be uncovered before the whole story is revealed Olson writes with a sensitivity most often found in female authors which allows him to focus on the inner angst and psychological torment of the Morse family’s many members especially Teresa art history student and youngest granddaughter who suffered an unknown trauma during the original events and whose discovery of her grandfather’s body threatens to send her over the deep end again My impression of this book was that it focused too much on the dysfunctional Morse family and not enough on the mystery Olson can definitely write but I’d like to see him tighten up his plot and focus on the mystery that is ultimately what keeps the reader engaged The review was based on an advanced reading copy obtained at no cost from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review While this does take any ‘not worth what I paid for it’ statements out of my review it otherwise has no impact on the content of my reviewFYI On a 5 point scale I assign stars based on my assessment of what the book needs in the way of improvements5 Stars – Nothing at all If it ain’t broke don’t fix it4 Stars – It could stand for a few tweaks here and there but it’s pretty good as it is3 Stars – A solid C grade Some serious rewriting would be needed in order for this book to be considered great or memorable2 Stars – This book needs a lot of work A good start would be to change the plot the character development the writing style and the ending 1 Star – The only thing that would improve this book is a good bonfire Mustard Seed Magic rumoured to cause madness or death upon viewing Afterwards the family split apart amid the accusations and suspicions that followed its theftAny hope that their grandfather planned to make amends evaporate I’ve often enjoyed novels about art and art history So much can be hidden in works of art that they are the perfect topic to base a mystery on I Sekrety ewolucji, kochania i swawolenia remember Devils Gate reading a few years ago that art curators had discovered in a portrait a miniature self portrait of the artist Die ewigen Toten (David Hunter, Band 6) rendered as the Jane Goodalls Animal World reflection in the pupil of eye the subject painted century’s before I digress but this is an example of the fascinating things that make the art world the perfect setting for a novelNeil Olson apparently agrees as both of his novels to date center around works of art in this case a supposed fifteenth painting created during Francisco Goya’s Black Painting phase a self portrait The Old Myers Place (Halloween, reputedly able to induce death or madness in those who view it In this Olson’s second noel wealthy New England patriarch Arthur Morse has summoned his many offspring and descendants home to his estate to discusswho knows? 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S when Teresa arrives to find the old man dead his horrified gaze pinned upon the spot where the painting once hung As the family gathers and suspicions mount Teresa hopes to find the reasons behind her grandfather’s death and the painting’s loss But to do so she must uncover ugly family secrets and confront those who would keep them hidd Thank you to the author Neil Olson Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an advanced reader copy of this bookI rated this book 25 stars I was so disappointed with this book because it had so much promise The setting and atmosphere lured me in an old mysterious house a painting by Goya that supposedly has a demon lurking inside it and a family with dark secrets All this sounds great right?This book is a case study in what happens when characters aren't fully developed and when the storyline meanders without truly committing to a plot I really really wanted to love this book but the creepy old house and painting completely got left behind after the beginning of the book Teresa the main character was also supposed to be hiding a dark past or secret that I stopped caring about because it was only alluded to a few times The overall plot is that Teresa's grandfather passes away and her relatives descend upon his southern manor to see what he has left behind for them The grandfather was mean and cruel and there was an ordeal with him acuiring potentially via black market the Goya painting that curses those who look at it The Goya painting was stolen and it's unclear who took it Teresa is charged with uncovering the mystery of the stolen painting and potentially undergoing a mysterious surgery so that she can receive money from her grandfather's will There are so many side plots taking place in this book that I got lost and was constantly re reading the book to make sure I at least attempted to follow itI also had such a difficult time following the immense cast of characters because none of them were fully developed I often had no clue who they were when they popped up into the narrative By the time I was 80% into the book I didn't care about the characters and I didn't care about the ending It's a huge bummer because again the book started strong and faded due to the confusing cast of unpredictable unreliable and stiff characters A Peoples Tragedy reasons behind her grandfather’s death and the painting’s loss But to do so she must uncover ugly family secrets and confront those who would keep them hidd Thank you to the author Neil Olson Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an advanced Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, reader copy of this bookI Sharks rated this book 25 stars I was so disappointed with this book because it had so much promise The setting and atmosphere lured me in an old mysterious house a painting by Goya that supposedly has a demon lurking inside it and a family with dark secrets All this sounds great Inside Las Vegas right?This book is a case study in what happens when characters aren't fully developed and when the storyline meanders without truly committing to a plot I وجدان زنو really How To Fart - Louder, Longer, and Stronger...without soiling your undies! Also learn how to fart on command, fart more often, and increase the smell. really wanted to love this book but the creepy old house and painting completely got left behind after the beginning of the book Teresa the main character was also supposed to be hiding a dark past or secret that I stopped caring about because it was only alluded to a few times The overall plot is that Teresa's grandfather passes away and her BITE (A Mate Of His Own relatives descend upon his southern manor to see what he has left behind for them The grandfather was mean and cruel and there was an ordeal with him acuiring potentially via black market the Goya painting that curses those who look at it The Goya painting was stolen and it's unclear who took it Teresa is charged with uncovering the mystery of the stolen painting and potentially undergoing a mysterious surgery so that she can Home Alone receive money from her grandfather's will There are so many side plots taking place in this book that I got lost and was constantly Dr. Grass re Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, reading the book to make sure I at least attempted to follow itI also had such a difficult time following the immense cast of characters because none of them were fully developed I often had no clue who they were when they popped up into the narrative By the time I was 80% into the book I didn't care about the characters and I didn't care about the ending It's a huge bummer because again the book started strong and faded due to the confusing cast of unpredictable unreliable and stiff characters

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There were four cousins in the Morse family perfect Kenny the preppy West Coast lawyer; James the shy but brilliant medical student; his seductive hard drinking sister Audrey; and Teresa youngest and most fragile haunted by the fear that she has inherited the madness that possessed her fatherTheir grandfather summons them to his mansion at Ow There is no doubt that Goya's paintings are disturbing And this mysterious and suspenseful was just as disturbing15 years after the theft of the supposedly cursed painting the four cousins are summoned back to the house of their grandfather When Teresa and Audrey arrive they find the man dead His face a frozen mask of horror and fearuestions fly as they find out the boys had all ready met with the grandfather and now not only is the man dead but his housekeeper is missingWhen the entire family descends on the manor we uickly see that they are a cursed bunch Whether the painting actually was possessed by a demon or whether the fear was instilled deliberately these were some very messed up charactersTeresa who has some mysterious illness that we never found out exactly what it was was probably the only innocent in the bunch however I felt the characters weren't developed to the point that we knew or cared about any of them In the end it appeared greed was the motive for everyone's actions and whether they were all stark raving mad to begin with or became that way later isn't clear The tale is a fine idea but the character development I felt was lackingNetgalleyHanover    Release January 09 2018 Sam the Plumber ready met with the grandfather and now not only is the man dead but his housekeeper is missingWhen the entire family descends on the manor we uickly see that they are a cursed bunch Whether the painting actually was possessed by a demon or whether the fear was instilled deliberately these were some very messed up charactersTeresa who has some mysterious illness that we never found out exactly what it was was probably the only innocent in the bunch however I felt the characters weren't developed to the point that we knew or cared about any of them In the end it appeared greed was the motive for everyone's actions and whether they were all stark Naughty Bedtime Stories (Naughty Bedtime Series Book 2) raving mad to begin with or became that way later isn't clear The tale is a fine idea but the character development I felt was lackingNetgalleyHanover    Release January 09 2018


10 thoughts on “The Black Painting

  1. says:

    Why This Book I stumbled on this via NetGalley several months ago The cover was creepy and it revolved around a family mystery involving a missing painting and the death of a grandfather I had to add it to my TBR then they awarded it to me I am trying to clear off all NetGalley books by 1231 so I can start the new year with a clean slate so this was last week's choice Plot Characters Setting The Morse family head passes away leaving behind a few children and four grandchildren all after his money to varying levels or degrees He may or may not have a lot they're unsure Yet there was a mysterious Goya painting that had been stolen and could still be lurking around The family all come home to his Owl's Point New England estate to attend the funeral and will after someone finds him dead Each family member particularly the cousins are all a bit kooky and very focused on the painting As the story unfolds you learn different components of the past especially where everyone was the day the painting went missing We soon learn the grandfather may have been murdered and the family begins pointing fingers at one another including their grandfather's housekeeper and confidant Ilsa There's also a small fantasy element in knowing the painting might have a ghost that makes anyone who views it go mad Approach Style I read this 300 page novel in 5 hours over a weekend It's told in third person POV with a perspective from each of the major family members I read it on my iPad via Kindle Reader Key Feedback This was a tough read; I found myself skimming way too often I very much looked forward to the family drama suspense and mystery elements These all existed but something was missing It was very difficult to connect with the characters everything was uite vague It felt like the story focused on the smallest of details and went on for pages on actions that had no true bearing on character development or plot That said the writing style and tone were very strong The author clearly writes well but I think the characters didn't match the plot in this book In the end I enjoyed parts of it but it could have been so much with a different approach I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to others as a good read but there's nothing bad about it It just didn't have a great impact on me perhaps I am the wrong audience for it uestions Final Thoughts So much about this book had potential And for some readers it's probably going to be uite strong For me the most memorable component was that it just always felt 10% off the mark in terms of what I like in a family drama I am curious to see other works by this author in the future as I think the writing and talent is present About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I’m Jay an author who lives in NYC My debut novel Watching Glass Shatter can be purchased on I write A LOT I read A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators


  2. says:

    15 for the Goya partsThis was a book that might encourage one to go into a reading slump There was a lot going for it a creepy house a rich family with lots of secrets and the piece de resistancea painting that supposedly had a demon living inside it The demon supposedly gave fortune and perhaps a bit of fame to the person who owned the painting In exchange for this largess the demon must be set free eventually by destroying the painting But really who is going to destroy a painting worth millions? However someone has stolen the painting and that is what this novel is about The who stole the Goya? was evident from the get go but I still held on thinking that this book would get better It didn'tEnter a cast of characters a whole plethora of characters that made this book hard to follow as each one popped up intermittently and tended to prolong any kind of story line making the reader utter many ughs as well as uite a few roll of the eyesIt was really a shame that a book that started out with such promise ran down itself into blah blah blah


  3. says:

    There is no doubt that Goya's paintings are disturbing And this mysterious and suspenseful was just as disturbing15 years after the theft of the supposedly cursed painting the four cousins are summoned back to the house of their grandfather When Teresa and Audrey arrive they find the man dead His face a frozen mask of horror and fearuestions fly as they find out the boys had all ready met with the grandfather and now not only is the man dead but his housekeeper is missingWhen the entire family descends on the manor we uickly see that they are a cursed bunch Whether the painting actually was possessed by a demon or whether the fear was instilled deliberately these were some very messed up charactersTeresa who has some mysterious illness that we never found out exactly what it was was probably the only innocent in the bunch however I felt the characters weren't developed to the point that we knew or cared about any of them In the end it appeared greed was the motive for everyone's actions and whether they were all stark raving mad to begin with or became that way later isn't clear The tale is a fine idea but the character development I felt was lackingNetgalleyHanover    Release January 09 2018


  4. says:

    Can't uite put my finger on why this didn't resonate with me but it didn't It may have been because I couldn't warm up to any of the characters and the whole story seemed rather flat Or maybe it was just my mood Sometimes that happensThanks to the publisher for the advance reading copy


  5. says:

    Four cousins summoned back by their grandfatherThe death of a family patriarchAn old mysterious houseA painting by Goya that has a demon lurking inside itAnd a family with dark secretsThis is what you can expect when you read The Black Painting by Neil Olson scheduled to be released in January of 2018 The mystery surrounding who took the painting from the parsimonious rapacious grandfather after he has uite possibly obtained it from the black market remains mysterious throughout the novel The main character Teresa is charged with the unraveling of the Goya painting disappearance There was a myriad of characters and it was uite easy to get lost when reading along Some of the characters I felt were very forgettable and possibly even excessive however Olson spins a mystery reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel Overall I rated this novel 3 out of 5 stars for the creativity and suspense created within this gripping novel by OlsonI received an ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review I would like to thank Netgalley Hanover Suare Press and the talented author Neil Olson for the opportunity to read and review The Black Painting 


  6. says:

    I’ve often enjoyed novels about art and art history So much can be hidden in works of art that they are the perfect topic to base a mystery on I remember reading a few years ago that art curators had discovered in a portrait a miniature self portrait of the artist rendered as the reflection in the pupil of eye the subject painted century’s before I digress but this is an example of the fascinating things that make the art world the perfect setting for a novelNeil Olson apparently agrees as both of his novels to date center around works of art in this case a supposed fifteenth painting created during Francisco Goya’s Black Painting phase a self portrait reputedly able to induce death or madness in those who view it In this Olson’s second noel wealthy New England patriarch Arthur Morse has summoned his many offspring and descendants home to his estate to discusswho knows? The first of his grandchildren arrive to find him dead on the floor his face a mask of terror and his sightless eyes gazing fixedly at the spot where his prized possession the aforementioned cursed Goya self portrait would have stood had it not been stolen several years ago under mysterious circumstances As the rest of the family arrives the reader begins to see that this odd assemblage is about as far from being a big happy family as one can imagine Past events including the disappearance of the painting have left them paranoid suspicious traumatized and unable to trust each other What is happening at Owl’s Point is anybody’s guess but you can be sure that a lot of ugly secrets will be uncovered before the whole story is revealed Olson writes with a sensitivity most often found in female authors which allows him to focus on the inner angst and psychological torment of the Morse family’s many members especially Teresa art history student and youngest granddaughter who suffered an unknown trauma during the original events and whose discovery of her grandfather’s body threatens to send her over the deep end again My impression of this book was that it focused too much on the dysfunctional Morse family and not enough on the mystery Olson can definitely write but I’d like to see him tighten up his plot and focus on the mystery that is ultimately what keeps the reader engaged The review was based on an advanced reading copy obtained at no cost from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review While this does take any ‘not worth what I paid for it’ statements out of my review it otherwise has no impact on the content of my reviewFYI On a 5 point scale I assign stars based on my assessment of what the book needs in the way of improvements5 Stars – Nothing at all If it ain’t broke don’t fix it4 Stars – It could stand for a few tweaks here and there but it’s pretty good as it is3 Stars – A solid C grade Some serious rewriting would be needed in order for this book to be considered great or memorable2 Stars – This book needs a lot of work A good start would be to change the plot the character development the writing style and the ending 1 Star – The only thing that would improve this book is a good bonfire


  7. says:

    Nothing invokes sympathy than a tale about suabbling over privileged entitled rich brats suabbling over money when their eually asshole y patriarch grandfather dies unexpectedlyThe Morse cousins have been persona non grata ever since a priceless Goya painting disappeared from their grandfather's study years ago Suspicions arose between the family on the theft of the lurid self portrait of the famous artist which legend says can cause madness and insanity if you look at itWhen their grandfather calls the cousins to his estate Theresa the youngest hopes to finally make amends but that is shattered when she discovers his dead body As the hunt for the painting is revitalization and the cousins eye one another warily Theresa takes it upon herself to search for the truth of her grandfather's death revealing family secrets of her own troubled past and disturbed father and those of the Morses'Talk about hating on all of the characters which I did Not only were they unlikeable not one of them was clever or witty or smart just cliche and sad A soap opera has nothing on the problems and issues of the Morse cousinsWe have the sexually promiscuous Audrey who hooks up with pretty much anyone she can take advantage of which I get because if she's been treated like an object all her life that's all she knows;her very oh so fragile brother who we later learn had seen the painting which explain his numerous neuroses;but we can't leave Theresa behind since madness also runs in the family after her father's suicide she has 'spells' and conveniently had been incapacitated with such a 'spell' on the day the painting was stolen all those years ago;hey let's not also forget the pedophile uncle and caretaker;the hiring of an investigator Dave who hooks up with Audrey ewwww who also loves to infantilize his name to Davie Ugh gag me with a spoonI thought The Black Painting was about you know a painting I thought it was about Goya the creepy legend and madness and insanity and his brilliant artistry It was none of those things and I feel cheatedI really disliked the author's portrayal of all the female characters; not even Theresa was depicted as a strong empowered female despite having figured out where the painting was all this timeInstead I got a cast of ridiculous characters who are neither brilliant or compelling and when the painting is finally brought to light it feels less like Oh my gawd YES and like Oh my gawd is this over yet?


  8. says:

    Thank you to the author Neil Olson Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an advanced reader copy of this bookI rated this book 25 stars I was so disappointed with this book because it had so much promise The setting and atmosphere lured me in an old mysterious house a painting by Goya that supposedly has a demon lurking inside it and a family with dark secrets All this sounds great right?This book is a case study in what happens when characters aren't fully developed and when the storyline meanders without truly committing to a plot I really really wanted to love this book but the creepy old house and painting completely got left behind after the beginning of the book Teresa the main character was also supposed to be hiding a dark past or secret that I stopped caring about because it was only alluded to a few times The overall plot is that Teresa's grandfather passes away and her relatives descend upon his southern manor to see what he has left behind for them The grandfather was mean and cruel and there was an ordeal with him acuiring potentially via black market the Goya painting that curses those who look at it The Goya painting was stolen and it's unclear who took it Teresa is charged with uncovering the mystery of the stolen painting and potentially undergoing a mysterious surgery so that she can receive money from her grandfather's will There are so many side plots taking place in this book that I got lost and was constantly re reading the book to make sure I at least attempted to follow itI also had such a difficult time following the immense cast of characters because none of them were fully developed I often had no clue who they were when they popped up into the narrative By the time I was 80% into the book I didn't care about the characters and I didn't care about the ending It's a huge bummer because again the book started strong and faded due to the confusing cast of unpredictable unreliable and stiff characters


  9. says:

    I noped my way out of The Black Painting at 50% I think I would have enjoyed it had I read it but the Audio Book was a hard no for me The narrator didn't spark my interest and the story meandered too much to really benefit from the formatThe premise of The Black Painting sounded promising I do love Goya's work and the idea of a cursed painting tickled me But 50% of the way through there was minimal discussion about the art and way too much time spent with one dimensional characters And don't even get me started on the way the women are written There are no strong female characters and I was constantly distracted by the fact that the female characters were objectified and far too often described in terms of their breastsAdd to that a stream of rhetorical uestions from the protagonist Teresa and repetitive settings and characterisation and there was just no way I could bring myself to finish it Definitely interested to know if the physical reading experience is any different but the Audio Book is undoubtedly not a recommendation from me


  10. says:

    This book reminds me of the gothic mysteries I read as a young teenager a crazy family money to inherit secrets everywhere a mysterious painting A uick entertaining read A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher