The Painter by Lina Troon is a women’s fiction book that is centered around the life of a widowed painter who is thrown into the world she doesn’t belong to.
Initially, the book started out strong, but soon, after a few pages, the suspense started to feel a bit forced and then when I kept on reading the book, the story felt awkward, the scenes started and stopped abruptly and the overall plot seemed very shaky.
Sometimes, in the dialogues, the names were interchanged and that created a lot of confusion and it took me a lot of time re-reading passages and sometimes, even pages.
I wasn’t able to feel any connection with neither the lead nor any of the secondary characters, though I was able to feel the efforts of the author to force the connection very clearly, which again was another thing that made me not like the story.
The writing was good for the most part but at times it did feel forceful and clumsy. The dialogue exchange felt unreal and forced too.
Overall, I guess the story is good, but the book is in dire need of thorough editing. I could see the potential in the story as well as in the plot structure, but a few negatives worked against the book more than the positives supported it.
If I really have to, then I’d recommend this book to readers, who won’t mind the technical problems in a book.