Synopsis
In a desire to impress the people who visit his workshop, renowned artist The Painter, employs a gardener to create an inspirational landscape which includes a labyrinth, an orange grove and Moorish-inspired fountains. They develop an intimate relationship and the Painter, whose life and talent had become increasingly dissipated, finds himself slowly recovering his original innocence and talent. However, the relationship is tainted by the Painter’s jealousy when visitors express more interest in the magical garden and mysterious labyrinth than in the Painter’s art. That jealousy blossoms into deadly rage when The Painter catches the gardener changing one of his paintings…. Deirdre Quiery’s compelling new thriller explores themes of love, life and deceit, and examines the lengths we will go to pursue and protect our passions.

Review The Painter by Fany Van Hemelen:
I loved this psychological thriller. It’s not a book full of action but the little things inside are beautifully written and told. This story is a narration that silently crawls into my head. Yes it is about the life of a painter and his gardeners but it is much more than that.

The Painter is talking about the big issues in everybody’s life. The tale has themes like love, friendship, jealousy and self-esteem. A painter truly wants a gardener to develop a magical place but finally the magic will be the end of everything.
This person is going to commit a crime when it looks like the paintings are not so meaningful for the visitors than the wonderful garden and the mysterious labyrinth.

The characters are strange but amazing, the way of writing is slow with detail and the story is about trying to fulfill your dreams but getting stuck in your own mind because things are not happening like you wished.
The Painter is an intriguing and emotional story with lots of surprises. 

Belfast born Deirdre Quiery is based in Mallorca where she runs Seven Rocks Consulting. Not just a writer, Deirdre has not only painted with Argentinian artist Carlos Gonzalez in Palma and Natalia Spitale in Soller, she is also a winner of the Alexander Imich Prize in the US for writing about exceptional human experiences, and the Birmingham Trophy Prize in the UK. The Painter is her third novel for Urbane following the Irish thriller Eden Burning and murder mystery The Secret Wound.

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Titel: The Painter | Auteur: Deirdre Quiery | Uitgeverij: Urbane Publications | Categorie: Thrillers | Uitvoering: paperback | 320 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781912666355 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: juli 2019 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 19-07-2019 | Prijs: €11,99 | Bestellen