Linda P. (Rockport, ME)
The Face Thief
An engaging opening introduces the main female character. Her story is intriguing, but the author then mixes in the tales of the other characters, all at once it seems, and I kept trying to figure out how they all related to each other. I struggled to keep the characters straight until about a third of the way through the book, when I figured out where the story might be heading. There were moments when I was reminded of the con artists in Sideways or Dirty Rotten Scoundrels although the plot of The Face Thief is not at all like either of those movies. Very engaging and well-written story, right to the end. Younger readers and mystery novel hounds especially, I expect, would love the book.
Jen W. (Denver, CO)
The Steam Engine
One of the best sounds of impending excitement or suspense is that of a steam engine getting ready to launch off. It starts out with a slow, chug, chug and builds to a whistling hum. Reading the Face Thief, I kept thinking about this metaphor. This book has all the right parts. An interesting plot, really well designed characters and a strong writing style. I started chugging along in this book and was drawn into the different characters, wondering how they would converge together. Each character had their own distinct level of intrigue. Thinking about the connections between them at first created momentum into the story. But, the book never really got whistling. Perhaps because it alternates perspectives, the author never crafted enough coherence to make the story live up to its potential. The characters would sometimes carry from one chapter to the next, but would ultimately lose its steam as it shifted perspectives. The writer left off with a cliffhanger of sorts at the end of the chapters, but this became more predictable than intriguing. The book as a suspenseful thriller is one of "almost". It almost gets going, but not quite.
Lesley M. (Mesa, AZ)
I enjoyed reading "The Face Thief". It was an interesting story that looked at people's greed, motives and lies all wrapped up in a mystery. These themes are universal and easily relate-able. The characters were well drawn and the book was an easy read, so many people would like this book.
William B. (East Peoria, IL)
Face Thief A Success
This book is exactly what is meant by the term literary thriller. Gottlieb's prose sings and the pages turned themselves. If I read a better book in 2012 I'll be surprised. I also recommend his last book, Now You See Him
Malinda N. (Wheeling, WV)
The Face Thief
I enjoyed this book and read it very quickly. I'm not usually a big fan of this genre but I found the characters to be well defined and interesting for the most part. I was very curious to find out the conclusion...it was an interesting end to the story. The only criticism I had was that I felt the author developed the main character in order for the reader to feel that she was a sophisticated and intelligent woman but some of the scenes in the book didn't jive with that illusion. At times she appeared to be an immature, young girl with common language. This might have been purposeful but it is hard to believe that such an accomplished monetary scam artist would use the word the word "way".
Carol G. (Little Egg Harbor, NJ)
The Face Thief
A great psychological & mystery read which is page-turning suspenseful.
However, I was disappointed with the flat ending.
The flashback style may disarm some readers and be bothersome; but I do not have a problem with a flashback approach.
This was an emotional read which made it a somewhat slow paced mystery for those looking for faster action.
I have never read this author before but will definitely read the previous "Now You See Him".
Judy G. (Carmel, IN)
Calculation & Cunning
The Face Thief provides a delightful journey of calculation & cunning most readers never experience in a lifetime. The author's character craftsmanship is superb and I found it to be a quite enjoyable read.