Mona Lisa’s Secret by Phil Philips
I only can give this book 3.5 stars because I felt like I’ve read this book before. It parallels greatly to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, which I read back in 2004-2005. Don’t get me wrong, the book had its own twists, but to sum up the novel, it is basically the same concept. The author’s take on history was interesting to me as someone whose degree was History. Other than that, it is a good book and did keep me interested while commuting to work.
In this story, the reader meets Joey Peruggia and his girlfriend Marie in his penthouse. Joey happens to be related to the great Vincent Peruggia. Vincent Peruggia is the one who “stole” the Mona Lisa from the Louvre before World War 1. Joey is a trust-fund kid, with interests in History and Art. His girlfriend Marie is the art curator and interned at the Louvre after college. They just so happen to find the Mona Lisa in a secret room of his penthouse. It turns out his great-grandfather never actually returned the “real” Mona Lisa, which currently resides in the Louvre. It has been hidden for decades in the Peruggia household and Joey’s late father actually built a room and an air-temperature case for the real painting to preserve it for generations to come. Joey wants to return the painting to the Louvre and to the curator, Pierre Savard, who happens to be a good family friend/mentor to Marie.
So Joey and Marie venture to Paris to return the painting. There were obviously a ton of obstacles along the way and thanks to Joey’s quick-thinking and his fast friendship with Boyce, they are able to prevail. Thanks to Philips’ creative mind, we see a great deal of twists and turns of Joey and Marie’s adventure in Paris. I obviously cannot give it all away, but secret codes, Paris, rogue bodyguards and historical figures are all involved. It will make you wonder if some of the events in the book are real.
My review does not reflect the writing style of the author. It is a reflection of the content and story line. There are a couple of times I was confused with the plot line while reading. It is definitely not a bad read, just the concept is a little over played in my opinion.
Review Note: I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Booktasters.
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