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Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs.
But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve.
Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen.
Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her?
Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.
For a woman like yours truly; who has absolutely no creative bone in her body, but who absolutely adores all creative forms of expression; What I Want You To See was definitely an eye – opener for me.
Sabine is an art student on scholarship to a prestigious institute; who NEEDS to get the approval of her teacher. And just for that, with the help of classmates, Sabine stars down on a dangerous and precarious path that will lead her into the side of the art world that she has no experience for.
I adore mysteries; but I, for the life of me can’t remember reading a book with forgery as the foundation of a plotline. So, I am doubly glad that it was Catherine Linka’s book that I picked up to ease my way into the forgery plotline (not purposefully; but I love it when such coincidences happen!).
While the first part of the book is a bit slow, when it comes to the mystery of the plotline, it is the character growth of the protagonists that keeps the reader invested in the book.
As reader, it was important for me to understand who Sabine was a person – a recently orphaned daughter of a housekeeper who worked in Beverly Hills. And even surrounded by wealth, Sabine is a far cry from a pampered girl. She has no choice but to take care of her own self – the reliance on herself, this independence of her leads her to make some very perilous choices.
For someone, who enjoys fast paced thrillers, What I Want You To See was a wonderful change of pace of me; and one that I definitely enjoyed!
Anyone who loves finding new plotlines for their mystery/thriller books and would love a change of pace; then this contemporary YA mystery by Catherin Linka would be the perfect pick for those wintery afternoons, when all you want to do is laze around with a good book on your hand.
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Catherine Linka is the author of the young adult novel WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE as well as the dystopian series A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and A GIRL UNDONE. A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS was an ABA Indie Next Pick and won the Young Adult Novel Award 2014 from the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. A frequent speaker at writing and teen conferences, Catherine received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and worked as a young adult book buyer for an independent bookstore for seven years. Prior to pursuing a career in publishing, she studied international politics at Georgetown University followed by a master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina. Catherine is married and lives with her husband in the San Gabriel foothills. Visit her at http://www.catherlinelinka.com.