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I discovered this book on another blog the other day, and got really excited. I’d hoped I could buy it right then, but discovered it isn’t coming out until January 27, 2015! But judging by the way time seems to fly lately, that should not be a problem. Here it is: drum roll, please! Unbecoming, by Rebecca Scherm.
Blurb: A major new debut thriller about a small-town girl who charms her way into the world of international art fraud.
On the grubby outskirts of Paris, Grace restores bric-a-brac, mends teapots, re-sets gems. She calls herself Julie, says she’s from California, and slips back to a rented room at night. Regularly, furtively, she checks the hometown paper on the Internet. Home is Garland, Tennessee, and there, two young men have just been paroled. One, she married; the other, she’s in love with. Both were jailed for a crime that Grace herself planned in exacting detail. The heist went bad—but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas rolled in her bag. And so, in Paris, begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game as Grace’s web of deception and lies unravels—and she becomes another young woman entirely.
Unbecoming is an intricately plotted and psychologically nuanced heist novel that turns on suspense and slippery identity. With echoes of Alfred Hitchcock and Patricia Highsmith, Rebecca Scherm’s mesmerizing debut is sure to entrance fans of Gillian Flynn, Marisha Pessl, and Donna Tartt.
Why do I want this book? Check out that cover, for one thing. And then I was drawn in by the blurb and the idea of an unassuming woman who restores bric-a-brac, but is secretly and furtively planning her next heist…or perhaps not. Perhaps she is just hiding out. But I know that I want to follow her journey!