Inspiring, Gripping, Addictive: Review of The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh

Inspiring, Gripping, Addictive: Review of The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh

It’s 1963, and Severine Kassel has been asked by the Louvre to help the British Museum curate its antique jewellery – her specialty. Distant and mysterious, Severine remains an enigma to her London colleagues, who are in awe of her cool beauty and seemingly effortless success. What they don’t know is that Severine is not all she seems – under her chic exterior lies a damaged woman, her trauma ridden past hidden behind a carefully curated French image.

It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the British Museum that the new life that Severine has so painstakingly built for herself becomes compromised. She knows where the pearls have come from, remembers them from her dark past – and her shocking revelation of their provenance sets off a frenzied hunt for Nazi Ruda Mayek.

In a painful turn of events, Severine is forced to confront her painful past, and to remember, in clear detail, the memory she has long tried to suppress – her beloved family brutally murdered, and the war criminal who got away with it all, taking the pearls with him…

Showcasing Fiona’s impressive historical writing skills, The Pearl Thief whisks readers away on a journey from the snowy woodlands outside of Prague to the Tuileries of Paris to the heather-covered moors of Yorkshire. Fiona has a great gift for weaving a sense of time and place in words, and by the end of this near 500-page novel, you will feel as if you’ve truly lived and breathed all these destinations without ever having left your couch. 

The Pearl Thief is a stunning work of historical fiction, laced with layers of research and rich detail. As a writer, Fiona is committed to the historical integrity of her work – she researches incessantly, and refuses to write about a place until she has set foot there. This diligence and eye for detail shines through in all of her works, particularly in The Pearl Thief, which might well be her best novel to date.

Equal parts inspiring and devastating, this Holocaust survival story turned suspenseful cat and mouse chase is addictive and it’s hard to focus on anything else until the very last word has been devoured. Fans of historical fiction – along with those who simply enjoy a rattling good yarn – will love The Pearl Thief, a rare and marvellous gem from one of Australia’s bestselling authors.

About the author:

Fiona McIntosh is an internationally bestselling author of novels for adults and
children. She co-founded an award-winning travel magazine with her husband, which they ran for fifteen years while raising their twin sons before she became a full-time author. Fiona roams the world researching and drawing inspiration for her novels, and runs a series of highly respected fiction masterclasses. She calls South Australia home.

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                      Synopsis

                      Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her specialty. Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious; her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman, hiding her trauma behind her chic, French image.It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the Museum that Severine’s poise is dashed and the tightly controlled life she’s built around herself is shattered. Her shocking revelation of their provenance sets off a frenzied hunt for Nazi Ruda Mayek.Mossad’s interest is triggered and one of its most skilled agents comes out of retirement to join the hunt, while the one person who can help her – the solicitor handling the Pearls – is bound by client confidentiality. As Severine follows Mayek’s trail, there is still one lifelong secret for her to reveal – and one for her to discover.From the snowy woodlands outside Prague to the Tuilieries of Paris and the heather-covered moors of Yorkshire comes a confronting and heart-stopping novel that explores whether love and hope can ever overpower atrocity in a time of war and hate.
                      Fiona McIntosh
                      About the author

                      Fiona McIntosh

                      Fiona McIntosh was born in England, spent her early childhood in West Africa and has lived in Australia for the past three decades. She worked for many years in the travel industry but after her shift to full-time writing she roams the world researching and drawing inspiration for her novels. To date she has written twenty-six novels, including seven novels for children.

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