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Nothing Ventured – Jeffrey Archer | A Book Review

Nothing Ventured - Jeffrey Archer

Title: Nothing Ventured

Author: Jeffrey Archer

Genre: Mystery

About the book: It’s the first in a series that follows William Warwick. He investigates the theft of a Rembrandt painting that’s currently in the hands of an art collector with an influential lawyer. William also meets Beth, a research assistant at the art gallery, and they fall in love, but she has a secret that she doesn’t want him to find out.

First impressions: I’ve never read anything by Archer before, but I was excited to delve into this story. I thought the novel would focus on just one storyline, but William and his team look into multiple cases.

Characters: I thought the book would mainly revolve around William, but it jumps around a lot. As such, I wasn’t as invested in the characters, especially in the beginning. William and Beth’s relationship develops fairly quickly, but it gets more interesting as the story progresses.

Quote:

“Reputation is the shield of the righteous in difficult times.”

Writing: It’s a little over 400 pages with short chapters and scenes. The writing is simple, but there are a lot of different parts to the plot.

Final thoughts: The pace picks up at the end, and there’s a bit of a twist that might entice readers to check out the second novel in the series. While Nothing Ventured is a quick and easy read, I feel like this story could have worked better as a movie than as a book.


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