Advance reader reviews of The Face Thief by Eli Gottlieb.

The Face Thief

A Novel

By Eli Gottlieb

The Face Thief
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2012,
    256 pages.

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  • Kathryn W. (Beaumont, TX)


    Nobody to Like
    This book reads quickly due to a smooth writing style, but the structure is confusing and complicated. There is really no one in this book to like or with whom one might make a connection. And at the end of the book, I was unsure what had really happened. Maybe it is me, but deliberate obfuscation seems pointless.
  • Charla W. (biloxi, mS)


    Is being a fake somebody better than being a real nobody?
    The way the people's lives in this book intertwine is fascinating. At first I found myself wandering what one person had to do with the other. But I kept reading, and shortly it all made sense. I realized that all of the people are linked together by one woman. A woman that is hell bent on destroying every man that she comes in contact with. The woman's name is Margot and she is definitely an interesting character. Maybe she has crossed the wrong person this time because she has had a bad accident that might not have been an accident at all!
  • Terrie J. (Eagan, MN)


    Interesting Characters
    I enjoyed this book. Gottlieb built the characters well. The book begins with the main female character and then brings in the other 2 main male characters one at a time. As the book continues, the story connects the characters and keeps you wondering how the plot will play out. It keeps you guessing until the end.
  • Cynthia A. (Grand Rapids, MI)


    Intriguing, intense
    Intriguing and intense! I could see this scenario actually happening. This book is a great read! The characters and the story line make this book one of my favorites.
  • Darcy C. (San Diego, CA)


    The Face Thief Stole My Heart
    Eli Gottlieb did it again for me. He wrote a terrific story and at the same time painted the story for me - with his sublime descriptions of people, feelings and events. This is a great book! I've always wanted to have the ability to speak like he writes. For instance, when Wilbraham describes the theft of Potash's life savings, he says, "Fraud is one of the booming sectors in an economic contraction, alas." And who hasn't felt awful about something they have done, but to have it described as "...plopped down in his easy chair and felt an iceberg of remorse calving gracefully off his body...". It's impossible not to feel as terrible as this character in the book.

    Gottlieb creates Hi-Def imagery in your mind. The story has multiple, intriguing levels. If you want to read of revenge - it's here. Duplicity - it's here. Stone-cold larceny - yep, this book has that too! Pardon me for my theft of Gottlieb's description: If you want to read an intelligent novel where there is "a marble of malice and generosity", this is your book. Do yourself a literary favor and read this marvelous book!
  • Kristen H. (Lowell, MA)


    A bit confusing
    I was a little bit confused at the beginning of the story but figured out how it tied in together towards the middle. It had some great characters and good storyline.
  • Kelly P. (Monterey, TN)


    Intriguing concept, blah execution
    The Face Thief is a book crafted from an interesting concept, engaging language, and three fully formed characters. Unfortunately, the result of these excellent ingredients is an unsatisfying read. The two primary reasons for this dissatisfaction are the disjointed flow of the book and the abrupt ending. The narrative structure, with the shifting between the character’s perspectives between chapters, is not to blame for the disjointed flow. The fault lies with the inclusion of an extraneous character, Dan France, during Margot’s chapters. The author never provides a believable back story and purpose for Dan. So, this character’s constant inclusion in Margot’s section breaks up the flow of her story without anything that seems to justify his inclusion. Then, when the end does come it feels incomplete; it is almost as if there is a chapter missing. Overall, the book left me with the feeling of a great concept gone to waste.
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