This is the story of Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, who survives a bomb in a museum during a visit which tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the wealthy family of his friend, Andy. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.
Tartt’s ability to describe the smallest detail is wonderful and pulls you deep into the story. It is a compelling read with brilliantly developed and complicated characters. Andy, whom Theo shares a room with, is lovely and plays a super supporting role to Theo with funny conversations between them. Boris, Theo’s best friend for most of the story, is a great guy though would you want to spend an evening with him!
The Goldfinch will wrap it arms around you and you’ll not want to put it down. I carried the book around with me reading paragraphs and savouring them. It’s partly a thriller, partly a love story however most of all it is brilliant. It’s been worth the wait from The Secret History and if you have to choose one book this autumn make it The Goldfinch.