Day after day, Jacob Boyce – faltering academic and failing husband – visits a 17th century allegorical painting which hangs in a Glasgow art gallery. By using a series of measurements and calculations, he attempts to create a mathematical theory that will decipher the code locked into its canvas.
As more of the painting’s hidden secrets are revealed, and he meets a mysterious young woman, Jacob’s life spirals into chaos.
The object of his obsession has begun to move.
Painting by Numbers is a dark, surreal thriller that follows one man’s relentless pursuit into an old truth buried deep within.
The People’s Book Prize -FINALIST
Praise for Painting by Numbers
“An accomplished debut … beautifully written, fascinating, literary thriller.” – The Kindle Book Review
“Brilliant, gripping thriller” - Beeshon Reviews
“Kafkaesque intrigue” – e-thriller Reviews
“When they coined the phrase ‘ This book is a real page turner’, they were taking about ‘Painting By Numbers.” – Book Shelf Review
“Original and complex” - C.Baron“
It may be weird, but it’s my kind of weird. A great book, and well worth a read.” – Calum Kerr , Director of National Flash Fiction Day
” I couldn’t put it down.” – Minxemoo Reviews
“Simply Stunning.” – Frances Di Plino, bestselling author
“I was completely fascinated.” – The ebook Review
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