It was difficult for me to get into this book until I got about halfway through. =It was difficult to become invested in the characters, especially Max. I will say that it got me interested in the historical references. The Rape of Europa (a book and a documentary) gives historical background of the Nazi's plundering of art and culture if you are further interested. However, everything felt somewhat bland. Houghteling can write beautifully and possibly with the release of another novel she will be able to mature and create more believable characters and a more investing story.