The Masterpiecers

Young Adult - Mystery
348 Pages
Reviewed on 05/22/2016
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Author Biography

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor's in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.

When she's not writing, she's psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children's school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).

Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she's an active member of the writing community.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

The Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein is a psychological thriller aimed at the young adult market. Ivy Redd is a very talented lady. At just 19 years old, her skill with a needle and thread has landed her a spot on a high profile reality TV show, an art competition set in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The prize is huge – a lot of money and entry to the Masterpiecers school, a school guaranteed to ensure that she is famous. Her sister Aster is also in the spotlight with her, but she doesn’t need Ivy to help her with that. Aster is in prison awaiting her trial for running over a mobster. She claims self-defense because if she told the truth it would have consequences for Ivy. Watching the reality show on TV, Aster finally finds out what Ivy truly thinks of her, a punishment far worse than waiting in prison. What secrets and lies will be uncovered as the story unfolds?

The Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein is a true masterpiece. It has an original plot that has been very cleverly thought out, and is one that I guaranteed will grab the reader from the first page. It isn't just a simple story of winning a prize or getting out of jail free; it is a story of deceit, of lies and secrets that unfold throughout the plot. It is a story of life, about how different upbringings can have an effect on your adult life, on your mind, and on how you perceive life and people around you. The characters were very well developed, giving a reader ample opportunity to get to know the sisters inside out. It is a real page-turner, with the story moving between the two sisters, winding its way through a natural course, and leaving you in no doubt as to what really happened. There is more to this story though, and I understand that there is a sequel. I'm looking forward to reading it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller and a really good read.