False Impression

False Impression

When an aristocratic old lady is brutally murdered in her country home the night before 9/11, it takes all the resources of the FBI and Interpol to work out the connection between her and the possible motive for her death ? a priceless Van Gogh painting. It?s a young woman in the North Tower when the first plane crashed into the building who has the courage and determinati When an aristocratic old lady is brutally murdered in her country home the night before 9/11, it takes all the resour...

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Title:False Impression
Author:Jeffrey Archer
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:False Impression
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:538 pages pages

False Impression Reviews

  • Jyv
    Apr 15, 2008
    I would have given this book 31/2. It was fast-paced and kept me reading, which I like in a book. It took me a while to get into it but once I did I read the rest in a day. What really irked me though was the too obvious mistake in the forgery. The forgery was done by a very capable ar...
  • Brendan
    Sep 01, 2010
    I used to read Jeffrey Archer quite a bit. The first book of his I remember really enjoying was As The Crow Flies, a monumental family saga with plenty of legal and personal machinations. What I remember about Archer's books is that he's really good at writing characters you just hate ...
  • Andrea
    Aug 06, 2009
    An interesting story, relatively well-told. But I always have trouble with books that throw in details that seem like anachronisms but turn out to be merely implausibilities - did people casually snap cell phone pix or use google in 2001? - I really don't want to have to pull myself ou...
  • Jan
    Aug 01, 2010
    This book was a little confusing at the beginning, because of all the name dropping. I had to take notes, and filled up a page, which I referred back to many times as I worked my way through the complicated story. There were so many characters whose names would pop up and I'd wonder 'w...
  • Karen Field
    Mar 25, 2009
    False Impression is written by Jeffrey Archer. It uses the 9/11 tragedy to capture the reader?s interest, but it is mainly about conspiracies in the art world ? or, if you want it in simpler terms, it?s a murder mystery. This book didn?t compare to the other book I?ve read...
  • Phil
    Jul 11, 2010
    In the style of Dan Brown, but without the over the top villain. Oh the villain's bad, alright, just not superhuman. The story of a priceless VanGogh painting, set in New York, London, Bucharest and Tokyo, it holds your attenton, even though you know how it will end. The problem is, th...
  • Barbara
    May 25, 2016
     The major focus of False Impression is the ownership, theft and the difficult retrieval of a valuable Van Gogh painting. Archer began his narrative with the terrifying escape from high atop the north tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11, but does not relate this to the terrorism...
  • Toni Osborne
    Sep 18, 2009
    In this thriller, the author brings his readers along with his protagonist Anna Petrescu on a chase around the world from New York during the tragic events of 9/11, to England, Romania, Hong Kong and Japan. The novel combines criminal conspiracy, a Van Gogh, a ruthless assassin, a Roma...
  • Patricia Ibarra
    Sep 02, 2015
    False Impression takes us to a fast-paced journey from New York to London, Bucharest, Tokyo and England to discover the mystery of the coveted Van Gogh's painting, Self-portrait with bandaged ear. Romanian-born Anna Petrescu, who holds a PhD. in art history, has to solve financial pre...
  • Marca
    Jul 13, 2015
    Jeffrey Archer writes the best soaps. This one, a stand-alone, involves a painting by Van Gogh, the family that owns the painting, an evil banker, and an art expert who, at first, seems out of her milieu in dealing with dastardly banker. Throw in 9-11 and you?ve got a roller coaster ...
  • Lucas
    May 16, 2011
    The first third of the book is terribly predictable. The second third picks up with more of a thriller feel as the story progresses, but unfortunately the final third reverts to its predictable ways, and the ending leaves the reader unsatisfied. The plot devices are tired and over-used...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    Aug 20, 2019
    Anna Petrescu is a fine art historian and expert in the field of art auctions and brokering. But when an old lady who also happens to own a priceless Van Gogh is murdered in her London estate, Anna?s boss, a banker with a questionable reputation, demands she acquire the painting for ...
  • Laura
    Aug 05, 2012
    A very interesting thriller, somewhat slow to build but with great characters, both on the good-guys side and on the villain side. About an art historian specializing in attribution, Victoria Petrescu, whose best friend works as a secretary to a repulsive crook banker named Bryce Fen...
  • Richa
    Oct 25, 2010
    Full of suspense, mystery, thrill, with pinches of romance and humor, False Impression by Jeffrey Archer is definitely a book that one could waste an entire afternoon reading. This novel is exceptionally well written, the language is clear, the plot is concise, and the characters are v...
  • Bonnie
    Oct 15, 2011
    I listened to this book in the audio version and thought the reader did a credible job with a variety of accents. The story had a few obvious gaps that required me to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the story. Overall, it was an entertaining book that held my attention. The survival o...
  • Ineke van Mackelenbergh
    Sep 16, 2018
    An entertaining if somewhat cheesy, yet cleverly written, mystery cum thriller by this well-known author. He seems to put his plots together seamlessly while at the same time showing (off? - I can't help but feel) a good knowledge of wide-ranging subjects. In this case it covers the ar...
  • Callum G
    Oct 21, 2011
    Whilst this work isn't so much about the 9/11 incident, as the cover would lead you to believe, it is still a good book. It's primarily about the art world, and I love books that subtly educate so that's a big tick for me. The characters were interesting and well developed, better than...
  • Andrew
    Dec 10, 2017
    This was an enjoyable thriller, taking us on a tour across Europe and will be perfect for anyone interested in Van Gough or painters. It is also set against the backdrop of the 9/11 attacks. Jeffrey Archer does know how to tell a good story and the tension was kept up from beginning to...
  • Joan
    Dec 13, 2017
    A murder mystery involving Van Gogh?s final painting, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, plays out around the horror of September 11th as a gymnast-turned hit-woman and a murderous financier face an intrepid heroine in a swiftly-moving, twisty plot that draws in readers and offers a fe...
  • Donna
    May 27, 2015
    I steer clear of books rated below 3.7 on GR. I tend to trust the masses. So when I saw this book by one of my faves and it had a lower rating than I like, I was intrigued to give it a go. I can't say I was too surprised when this started out as a solid 1 star and all I could think was...
  • Heena Rathore P.
    Oct 02, 2017
    I usually enjoy Jeffrey Archer's books (a lot actually), but this one wasn't like his other, more well-written works. This book's writing was nothing like the writing of Sir Archer I've come to adore. So it was a lost cause for me on the writing front. The story, well to begin, it was ...
  • Apoorva Bapat
    Jan 12, 2018
    On Backdrop of 9/11 attacks, this book creates a chasing drama that kept me awake at night. Having read this book in Marathi and English, I think I remember almost every twist and turn. Since I am not an art enthusiast, people's obsession over paintings remains an amusing factor for me...
  • Pamela
    Jul 23, 2016
    I picked up this mystery/suspense novel from my favorite Friends of the Library Bookstore. It was a good bang for a buck. Entertaining, interesting, and compellingly readable. I learned a good bit about the art-world and its collectors. Of which, can be competitively manic and cutthroa...
  • Fran Macilvey
    Mar 11, 2016
    "False Impression" by Jeffrey Archer I found this book by accident, and am very glad I did. It contains some of the most exciting scenes I have read recently, and combines action, drama and cleverness to make a most satisfying read. I've thought about it often since I finished it, w...
  • Rebekah
    Jan 04, 2018
    I read many different kinds of books for different reasons. Reading this book was a lot like finding myself eating an entire bowl of pistachios during the holidays because they are sitting there in front of me and I?m trapped while talking to a bunch of relatives I don?t know very ...
  • Sneha Khatri
    Mar 12, 2018
    JA at his best. I loved this book and completed it in a record less time. I was completely hooked and it was unputdownable. Looking forward to reading more of JA. ...
  • Samhita
    Apr 04, 2017
    With False Impression, Archer sticks to his style of writing a thrilling page turner. A quick read and a solid storyline. I did find some plot lines predictable but that doesn't mean it wasn't a fun book. It had the right amount of impressionist art history to be informative, but not e...
  • Anshuman Tiwari
    Nov 07, 2017
    This is my second book from Jeffrey Archer(after Kane and Abel) Well, I didn't like this one. It has a simple plot, and the story moves as one would expect. Well if the plot is simple one would look for different aspects. There was hardly any philosophy, dialogue writing was not very ...
  • R D Mathur
    Jan 13, 2019
    Jeffrey Archer is a magician with words. This one particularly is so interesting that I could not keep my Kindle down till I finished it. Great book. ...
  • Benedita
    Jan 19, 2019
    I love JA. Finished this one in record time ...