Theo is thirteen when he is caught in an accident that kills his mother, but somehow, Theo survived. Because Theo's father had abandoned him and his mother years before, Theo goes to live with the rich family of his elementary friend. To bury his grief, Theo clings to two things; a tiny and mysterious painting and an antique shop basement where the friendly owner teaches Theo the tricks on how to seamlessly restore and repair antique furniture. When Theo is an adult, he works at the antique shop and he slides between lavish dinner parties and pompous rich people and the furniture maze of the antique shop and basement. Theo still has the small painting, and his choice to keep it makes him protective of the painting, but paranoid about being caught. Theo is caught at the center of a different, sketchy world of stolen art.
I read this book because I had heard many good things about it, but I did not like it that much. The book was written well, but I didn't like the story and I didn't care for some of the character either, including Theo. What I didn't like about Theo was that he always seemed to choose the wrong choice intentionally. I liked him before the accident, but afterward, I grew to dislike him.
I think the book ended alright, with Theo fixing his mistakes and starting to rethink his life.