UNBECOMING

UNBECOMING

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
5
Rate this:
Penguin Putnam
EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL

“Startlingly inventive.” —The New York Times Book Review


A highly praised debut novel of psychological suspense about a daring art heist, a cat-and-mouse waiting game, and a small-town girl’s mesmerizing transformation

On the grubby outskirts of Paris, Grace restores bric-a-brac, mends teapots, and resets gems. She calls herself Julie, says she’s from California, and slips back to a rented room at night. In truth, home is Garland, Tennessee, where two young men have just been paroled. Both were jailed for a crime that Grace planned. The heist went bad—but not before she was on a plane to Prague, contraband in her bag. As Grace’s web of deception unravels, she begins a cat-and-mouse game that echoes the best of Alfred Hitchcock and Patricia Highsmith and is sure to appeal to fans of The Girl on the Train.

Baker & Taylor
After a heist she planned lands two men she loves in prison, a woman flees Paris and assumes a new identity, furtively checking news from her hometown as her web of deception unravels. A first novel. Simultaneous.

Baker
& Taylor

After a heist she planned lands two men she loves in prison, a woman flees Paris and assumes a new identity, furtively checking news from her hometown as her web of deception unravels.

Publisher: New York, New York :, Penguin Books,, 2015
ISBN: 9780143128311
0143128310

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

a
ananaszeffira
Jul 07, 2016

im not sure how to rate this. this was wonderfully written, almost exhausting descriptions. so accurate, to be terrifying. I couldn't put it down once I started. I enjoyed how to story was revealed, thru flashbacks. but the reality of these characters lives and choices is so depressing. I had a hard time finding who to root for. a harsh world this young woman (author) depicts. harsh and ugly, but not unrealistic

r
ritarufus
Apr 01, 2016

Was slow to get into but once it got going i really enjoyed.

m
msp_pier
Mar 15, 2016

This was SO good. SO good. At the beginning of the novel we meet Grace, who has run away to Paris and changed her identity because she's connected to an art theft in her home town of Garland, Tennessee. Two of the men who have been arrested for this theft are her boyfriend and his best friend, who she also happens to be in love with. As she counts down the days to their release from prison, we are swept up into Grace's story and her journey that led her to Paris. Suspenseful and character driven, you won't really know what's going to happen until the very end.

c
csut2
Jan 04, 2016

wsj nolan best 2015
paris shop tennessee museum robbery

ChristchurchLib Mar 08, 2015

"Working as an antiques and jewellery restorer in Paris, 23-year-old Grace from Tennessee is hiding from her past with a new identify as Julie from California. She's also keeping an eye on the news from her hometown, where her husband and his best friend are incarcerated for art theft. Told in flashbacks that fill the novel with double-crosses, this leisurely paced tale combines both character study and suspense -- and plenty of details from the art and antiques world. If you enjoyed Bradford Morrow's The Forgers for those reasons, give Unbecoming a try." Thrillers and Suspense March 2015 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/9a883106-07d9-497e-858e-7cf0ffcd82ad?postId=721faf5e-19fe-4cbe-b049-41cb11d34001

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

  Loading...

Find it at SSFPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top