Book Review: The Girl in the Painting (NightHawk book 4) by Rachael Richey

This book is the last of a of the 4 part NightHawk series, which I am really sad to say. However (and I have everything crossed) I am hoping  that there will further installments in Gideon and Abi’s story – hint, hint Ms Richey!

This story in the series focused more on Abi and her daughter, and their quest to uncover the truth about a mysterious painting and the more mysterious life of Abi’s mother.  With a large chunk of the book being set in Paris, and what is there not to love about Paris. Especially as we are drawn back into the stunning era of the 1920’s which Richey has captured  beautifully, with her vivid descriptions. I could almost smell the croissants! .

I love how the author transports us from present to past through out the series and how it all cleverly ties in,revealing little snippets, not only in advancing the plot but also into the characters motivations and feelings.

And not to be disappointed Gideon’s and Abi’s relationship is tested yet again. Gideon’s  life as a rock star seems to attract all the wrong attention. Whilst he’s away promoting his album in America gossip stirs in the press about a woman by his side. A woman who isn’t his wife Abi.

Is there an innocent explanation?  Or as the old adage goes.. there’s no smoke without fire! – You’ll just have to read to find out!

Although this can be read as a standalone book, I personally think you have to read the series from beginning to end.  What is more delicious than getting your hands on  a series? Especially now as all 4 books are written. So if you have a holiday approaching or a few lazy days I highly recommend you get stuck in – from start to finish ,and this book will be all the more sweeter for having done so

What I ultimately love about this series is the unfurling of the love and romance between Gideon and Abby from their teens to present day. The real life struggles that mar their world and how they somehow find the strength, particularly Abi, to push through against the odds.

This intertwined with the mystery and suspense tha runs through Ms Richey’s books is a delight.

I couldn’t recommend the book enough, but more so the whole series.

The girl in the painting is available from Amazon USAmazon UK



While her husband Gideon is recording a new album with his band NightHawk, Abi Hawk is busy getting her own career as a portrait painter back on track.

Following the death of her father, which coincides with the opening night of her first exhibition in London, Abi and her daughter come across an old painting in his attic that sets them on a journey of discovery to Paris. They uncover an astonishing and unexpected love story, one that has repercussions to the present day.

Meanwhile Gideon, in America to promote the new album, ignores Abi’s warnings and manages to put himself in a vulnerable situation that threatens to rock the stability of their marriage. Separated from Abi by nearly five thousand miles, and unable to speak to her, will he be able to resolve the situation before any real damage is done?


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