This book was a gift in so many ways. In The Unknown Masterpiece, Brooke achieves in
5 chapters of crisp English splattered with French what some authors cannot
achieve in one lifetime. He expresses the thoughts and feelings of his heroine Aliette
in such a way that the reader cannot escape them. Having no real picture of
this woman in your mind, you begin to develop a grey shadow character that is
based purely on feelings. Feelings so real and overwhelming that, even when the
book is closed, hushed whispers call you back. The depravity of our society and
the absolute numbness that it has given birth to clutches you from the first
page and never lets go. Brooke’s ability to create a living, breathing beast
from pen and ink is as real as the words on paper.

Review for The Unknown Masterpiece by John Brooke
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