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Review: The Face Thief by Eli Gottlieb

Title: The Face Thief
Author: Eli Gottlieb
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: January 2012
Source: Amazon Vine Reviewer

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In a sentence or so: Three men are drawn to Margo, a master manipulator, but which one of them is responsible for her accident? If any?

Margo comes from humble beginnings and quickly decides the fastest way to get ahead in life is to manipulate, lie, and seduce her way up.

Potash is newly married to the wealthy Californian woman of his dreams - only to have a sexy scam artist swindle away his new fortune, leaving him completely and secretly broke.

Lawrence is a master of facial expressions. He teaches others how to identify defining characteristics and muscle movements to read every emotion and thought. Little does he know his star pupil will turn everything he thought he knew on its head and leave him spinning.

We open with Margo's 'accidental' falling down some stairs. She doesn't know what happened, and neither do we. Through alternating narrators, we begin to discover there are two potential pushers. The man she swindled all the money from, or the man who's marriage is ruined by her trying to have an affair with him as her teacher.

While I would say this is a suspenseful book, I wouldn't qualify it as a thriller. There is a pensive, patient pace that takes time to explore each of the characters and their motivations, back stories, and helps us discover who they are beyond this one mystery that ties them together.

Initially, I heard about this book in Entertainment Weekly or something. When I saw it was on Amazon Vine, I thought why not? It's so different from what I usually read - which is YA fantasy and sci-fi stuff with some YA contemps thrown in for balance.

Ultimately, I found the character development and depth of writing and plot compelling and had a hard time putting this book down.

Fix er up: There were a couple points, particularly near the end, that didn't quite add up. I chalked it up to the copy I read being an ARC.

Pairs well with: A glass of wine for your pensive adult thoughts.

Fave quote: The writing was beautiful and thoughtful, but my favorite quote isn't actually a quote but rather the resolution. I loved how 2 out of 3 of the main characters stories concluded.

[FTC Notice: I was not compensated for this review.]

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  1. So, do you eventually find out who pushed Margo? I like the idea of the author taking the time to really, deeply explore each of the three characters and their motivations. Sounds more like an introspective piece than anything which we don't typically hear about.

    1. Yes! There is resolution like 5 chapters before the end so that's nice. Plenty of time to go beyond the whodunnit.

  2. This sounds very intriguing! I'd definitely be interested in finding out what happens to these three characters, and it would be a refreshing change to have this be a quieter, more introspective piece.

    1. It was definitely a refreshing change for me!

  3. I think I need to add this one to my TBR list. Sounds interesting! Thanks for your thoughts.


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